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Mapping Detroit’s construction boom

By Robin Runyan Detroit is seeing a resurgence in development that it hasn’t seen in decades. Two large projects—the Little Caesars Arena and the QLINE—were recently completed, and so many more are on the way. For this map, we’ve included 24 of the largest developments that have started construction or will break ground in the near future. We recently rebuilt this map in October and have decided to update it already, since a few major announcements have been made. This includes a clearer idea of the Statler site and a new residential and grocery development on East Jefferson. We haven’t included projects that are nearing their finish lines, including 28 Grand and the Selden. We also left out projects that haven’t seen much momentum in recent months, like the Herman Keifer project and the State Fairgrounds redevelopment. We’re hoping to have clearer details and timelines on those soon. Other projects are in the works, but have timelines that include ground breaking later in 2018. For some of the more transformational development projects, check out this map. Did we leave out a smaller building you’re looking forward to seeing renovated? Perhaps you’re hoping to see a larger project make the map next time around? Let us know what you think in the comments or drop us a note on the tip line. Note: Developments are organized from west to east. 1 Fitzgerald Redevelopment Ground recently broke on this transformative neighborhood redevelopment. It will include renovating 115 currently vacant homes into a mixture of rental and for sale properties; landscaping and maintenance of 192 vacant lots; and creating a 2-acre central park anchoring a new linked greenway. The project is led by The Platform and Century Partners. 2 Henry Ford Hospital Cancer Center The Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion a six-story, 187,000-square-foot Pavilion, designed by SmithGroupJJR, broke ground this June across from the Henry Ford Hospital in New Center. Henry Ford Health Systems has bought and cleared a lot of land in the area, and this center will be part of a larger 300-acre expansion and neighborhood redevelopment. 3 Third & Grand The $53.2 million mixed-use project near the Fisher Building called Third and Grand is led by The Platform. Construction of the six-story development is well underway and will bring 231 new apartments to New Center in 2018. 4 Pistons Training Facility The Pistons have a new home at the Little Caeasars Arena and they’ll soon have a new practice facility a few miles away. Located near Tech Town, the new building will have a new training facility and corporate headquarters for the Pistons; a sports medicine, treatment, and rehab facility managed by Henry Ford Health System; and public spaces for community relations activation, networking receptions, and team-hosted events. Ground recently broke on the center and it should be open in 2019. 5 New Woodbridge Residential This development was recently approved by the Historic District Commission. Procida-Diggs, the developer, hopes to break ground this spring on the first phase of this project, which will include building 19 new homes that will sell for $350-400,000 each. 6 The Selden Corridor Initiative New housing is also coming to nearby Midtown. The Selden Corridor Initiative will include rehabbing older buildings for a Barcade, a brewery training program, and a large coworking space. 14 ecohomes will be built nearby. This project is led by Midtown Detroit, Inc. 7 Elton Park Construction of Elton Park is underway in Corktown, with new construction on vacant land and the rehab of the old Checker Cab building into lofts. The development will have a variety of rental units and it’s led by Soave Enterprises. 8 Mike Ilitch School of Business Next to the Little Caesars Arena, the Mike Ilitch School of Business is rising. It should be open for classes in 2018. Also in the “District Detroit,” new construction and renovations of older buildings were announced earlier this year by Olympia, including the renovation of the Hotel Eddystone and the United Artists Theatre Building. 9 The Ashton Detroit The Ashton Detroit will bring for-sale luxury condos to the west side of downtown. Ground hasn’t broken yet, but the condos are already up for sale. The $35 million, 12-story development is led by 600 Ventures Development Group. It should be open in 2019. 10 Little Caesars World Headquarters Work is well underway at the nine-story Little Caesars World Headquarters, across from the Fox Theatre and Comerica Park. The $150 million office building will have 14-foot tall “slices” facing Woodward. 11 City Modern Construction on Bedrock’s City Modern development has started, bringing over 400 new residences to Brush Park. Carriages houses, townhomes, apartments, and senior living options will be available starting in 2018. This is the largest new residential development in Detroit. 12 Book Tower Exterior work on the $313 million Book Tower restoration is underway by Bedrock. The old skyscraper was power washed this summer, and interior work will start to pick up soon. Expect residential, offices, retail, and possibly a hotel in 2019. 13 Statler site—Detroit City Club Apartments We’ve seen some preliminary work happening around the site of the old Statler Hotel. The new construction around Grand Circus Park has been in the works for years, and will include 288 apartments. An official groundbreaking should be announced shortly. The developers are estimating it could be completed in 18 months. 14 Detroit Free Press Building Bedrock is working on restoring the old Detroit Free Press Building. The renovation, which should be done in 2019, will include office space and a lot of residential units. 15 Farwell Building Work is underway to restore the eight-story Farwell Building. The $39 million project will have 82 apartments and over 25,000 square feet of retail space. 16 Metropolitan Building Construction has officially started on the Metropolitan Building, which will become the Element Hotel. The building was vacant for 39 years and once slated for demo. The $32 million development is led by the Roxbury Group. Just around the corner, the Wurlitzer Building will soon open as The Siren Hotel. 17 Shinola Hotel The 1400 block of Woodward will be transformed next year into the Shinola Hotel. Bedrock and Shinola are partnering for this development, which will include 130 rooms, retail and restaurant space, and an activated alley. Some buildings along Woodward were demoed for the construction, and new construction is rising behind it. 18 David Stott Building The David Stott Building, an Art Deco skyscraper, will open again in 2018. Bedrock is also leading this development, which will include office, retail, and residential. 19 Hudson’s site Bedrock is expected to break ground on the much-anticipated Hudson’s site this winter. The development will include the tallest building in Detroit (and Michigan), plus a podium building activated for community engagement. The tower will include an observation deck. The podium will have 100,000 square feet of retail space. Construction is expected to be done by the end of 2020. 20 Monroe Blocks Bedrock is planning to break ground on the Monroe Blocks this winter, which will bring an office tower and new residential and public space downtown. It’s unknown what will happen to the National Theatre, but community members are hoping to salvage most of it. 21 East Jefferson Residential and Meijer A new $60M development was just announced on East Jefferson and Lafayette Park. The new mixed-use development will bring 213 residential units, plus retail space including a small-format Meijer grocery store. This development is expected to open in 2019. 22 Stone Soap/East Riverfront Redevelopment The first redevelopment in the massive East Riverfront plan is the Stone Soap Building, which will see renovation of an old structure and new construction on top of it. Banyan Investments is leading the $27 million development, which should break ground in the spring. 23 Packard Automotive Plant Construction officially started this spring on the biggest redevelopment in North America—the Packard Plant. Led by Arte Express, the first phase will renovated the Administration Building and the bridge over East Grand Boulevard. That phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The entire project will take 8-10 years. 24 Saint Charles Residences Banyan is also leading the development of the Saint Charles Residences, which will add luxury condos to the Islandview neighborhood. Condos are already for sale, and the development should be open in 2018.

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