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New Projects

Quicken Buys Chase Tower

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Quicken Loans has completed their purchase of the Chase Tower and nearby parking deck Two Detroit Center. This announcement puts them right in the middle of Detroit’s Financial District and will reinforce the already popular Campus Martius area. Quicken Loans plans to completely remodel the first floor into a pedestrian-friendly retail space.

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Cobo Hall Renovation Announced

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Plans were recently unveiled for a $221 million facelift for Cobo Hall. Cobo Hall hasn’t been renovated since the late 1980′s since it was constructed in 1960.  This marks the first major renovation since a regional authority took over control from the City of Detroit in 2009. Construction work will begin in July 2011 and […]

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Capitol Park

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Since 1955, Capitol Park has served as a public transportation hub and now that the Rosa Parks Transit Center is open, it can return to its original park setting. Capitol Park is one of three triangular parks (the others being Harmonie Park and Library Park) formed while implementing the Woodward Plan.  It was once the […]

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Quicken Loans – ETA 2013

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Construction of a new Quicken Loans headquarters building is anticipated to begin mid-2013 according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Potential locations have been narrowed down to two sites.  The first is the former Hudson’s building site (adjacent to Compuware) and the Monroe Block, which was the site of the previously proposed, and now defunct,  […]

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Wayne County Port Authority

In November 2008, the Wayne County Port Authority finally (It was scheduled to be completed in 2006) began construction of the new terminal building on the riverfront between Ford Auditorium and the GM Renaissance Center.  This final piece of construction will also complete the East Riverwalk (from JLA to Belle Isle). The two-story 21,000-square-foot facility […]

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A 3rd Potential Quicken Site?

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Quicken Loans has approached the DEGC for an option on the Monroe Block as a possible site for a downtown headquarters. The economic downturn has possibly forced Quicken Loans to downsize it’s plans from 4,000 to 1,500 employees shifting their search from a new large tower to possibly leasing space in an existing building. The Freep […]

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Cadillac Center Project in Danger [Updated]

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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 […]

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New Blog Category – Unbuilt Detroit

In honor of this weeks announcement that the @Water Lofts have lost their EDC funding and approval (presumably, this project is dead), we’ve created a new category for our Online Guide called “Unbuilt Detroit.” I’ll admit that the guide is still undergoing massive development so it’s easier to navigate, but the new category is there […]

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Paradise Valley

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Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with redevelopment plans of the area also known as Harmonie Park. Largely an urban revitalization project, the group hopes to create an entertainment and cultural district in the neighborhood surrounding a small park and open space.  Initially, sidewalks, curbs, and lighting will be replaced in anticipation of future […]

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Pinnacle Race Course

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You may remember in late 2007 when the proposed project in Romulus to bring back horse racing in metro Detroit was canceled, but do you remember that a couple months later the founder of Republic Bancorp announced his own plans? It’s already a year later and the new track will hold it’s first race this […]

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