Earlier this year, the DEGC and a New York developer, The Northern Group, announced plan for the Cadillac Centre located in the vacant block adjacent to Campus Martius.
The Northern Group has missed a July 7th deadline to submit site plans, title review, and an environmental review. An automatic extension to submit these item expires this coming Monday. It appears they have also asked to offer a modified plan for the site, which I would interpret that they want to downsize the project.
Update: The revised plan consisted of a $40 million parking deck instead of the $150 million mixed use building. The DEGC has refused their request to modify the plan and it appears that this deal may indeed be dead. George Jackson, president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, just became my favorite person in Detroit. No one wants to see a parking deck in such a prominent location.
I wasn’t a big fan of this building but it would have injected a great deal of excitement into the Campus Martius area and attracted a great deal of attention to Detroit and it’s architecture.
This project was scheduled to start construction in the Fall 2009 and did manage to attract some national attention.