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Old September 18th, 2014, 04:25 PM   #21
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that beautiful architecture should be preserved!
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Old September 18th, 2014, 04:37 PM   #22
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Old September 18th, 2014, 04:45 PM   #23
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The Wurlitzer Building - The Wurlitzer Building, standing at the corner of John R and Broadway, is a reminder of Detroit’s musical legacy. Built in 1926, the 14-story building served as a showroom and offices for the Wurlitzer company, a well-known organ, jukebox, and musical instrument manufacturer. It was recently sold to a developer who promises to restore the grand structure.













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Old September 18th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #24
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There have also been a lot of positive news over the past few months...


New lion heads for Detroit's Whitney Building are a sign of times
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...ing-sign-times
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Starting next week, workmen from Ram Construction will begin hauling 26 lion heads up 19 stories to the top of the David Whitney Building on Grand Circus Park. The heads, each 3 feet across, are attached to new cornices, which will restore the ones ripped off in an ill-advised modernization in the 1950s.

It’s a sign of where Detroit real estate is going these days. Developers, like Detroit’s Roxbury Group redoing the David Whitney, are suddenly willing to re-create lost architectural detailing, from cornices to elaborate entranceways, that just a few years ago would have been dismissed as too expensive.

The Whitney building was built in 1915 by celebrated Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The new cornice line and lion heads were molded in a Plymouth warehouse by Glassline Inc., where they’re also re-creating the original 67-foot-wide rooftop sign with the building’s name.

$82 million David Whitney Building development in Detroit on track for winter opening
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroi...ney_build.html

Progress on the David Whitney Building, by Melissa Weckler.

They have been working on the facade and on it's on track for an early 2015 opening.

More info at http://davidwhitneybuilding.com


Detroit's long vacant Metropolitan Building getting a makeover
http://www.freep.com/article/2014090...tting-makeover

They just started to clean up the Metropolitan Building as well.


The Progress on The Capitol Park Building
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...5-griswold.php
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Right now most of the work is focused on the exterior where the entire west façade of bricks has been peeled off to avoid hazard (i.e. a light brick rain shower). Construction on the interior is expected to start in November.

The Detroit Savings Bank Is Mid-Renovation; Let's Take A Tour (tons of photos)
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...ake-a-tour.php
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They are aiming to finish the building by the end of the year which would mean apartment leases start in January. There will be 56 apartments total, with two-story apartments on the 12th floor. The Archdiocese of Detroit has a 20 year lease on office space from the basement through the 5th floor. There is also a retail space on the first floor.
Work will also be starting soon on the Olde Building.


$7M Rehab Spree Planned for Olde Building, Two Others
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...properties.php

M-1 Rail project has been underway since late July and is progressing quickly.
[IMG]http://i58.************/iejn0y.jpg[/IMG]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJFi1_nLfQM


New renderings of Detroit Red Wings arena development released as project inches toward construction
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in...troit_red.html
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Olympia’s housing plan on the arena site is 184 units split between 16 planned townhouse units and 168 loft-style and apartment units.

The specific breakdown:

56 efficiency/lofts (690 square feet each)
20 efficiency/studios (475 square feet)
8 one-bedroom units (960 square feet)
64 one-bedroom units (710 square feet)
20 two-bedroom units (970 square feet)
16 townhouses (1,365 square feet)

A piazza next to the arena will serve as a central gathering space for pre-event concerts, smaller events and some festivals, Olympia Development said. The lighted piazza, which will be lined with trees and possible sculptures and fountains, will be open during nonevent times and could be used as a ticketed site for events.

Along the edges of the piazza will be sidewalk café zones with tables and chairs, and amenities will include bike racks and benches throughout the area.
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http://www.documentcloud.org/documen....html#document


The two historic Cass Corridor hotels(Hotel Eddystone and Hotel Park Avenue) may also be redeveloped, the goal is to use them in this project.

Detroit RiverWalk Unveils Western Extension
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...-extension.php

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After


Detroit Riverwalk video from End To End
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x98lcrjD2o0

Personally, I can't wait to see what Detroit looks like in 2020.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 07:20 PM   #25
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why the national government don't do anything to help that city??


they coud do lot of things...
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Old September 19th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #26
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Some more good news:



Works begins on restoring long-neglected Packard Plant, iconic bridge
http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2014/0...iconic-bridge/
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After enduring decades of abandonment and vandalism, the Packard Plant is coming back to life.

Peru-based developer Fernando Palazuelo, who bought the sprawling ruins in December for $405,000, is beginning work on the Packard’s former administration building, an adjacent courtyard and the iconic brick bridge over East Grand Boulevard.

Crews recently surveyed that area of the plant for asbestos and soon will begin removing hazardous material and dangerous debris, said project manager Kari Smith.

Results of the asbestos survey are expected back next week.

The bridge, which was used to transport the shells of automobiles to the engine area, will be covered in a net as crews work to stabilize the span and restore it to its original splendor.

Crews also will begin removing brush soon from both sides of East Grand Boulevard. In the spring, the same species of trees that adorned the boulevard in the early 20th century will be planted.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 09:47 AM   #27
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Any news about Book Tower?
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Old September 20th, 2014, 10:33 PM   #28
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Works begins on restoring long-neglected Packard Plant, iconic bridge
http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2014/0...iconic-bridge/
Seriously? Wow, I was wondering if that place would ever be brought back to life! It would look so good as a vintage-modern office complex.
Maybe they can place a restored old Packard in the lobby as a reminder of the past




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Old September 25th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #29
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:53 AM   #30
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Detroit is an example of what happens once a city starts to shrink. I don't know of any other modern city of that size which has dwindled like Detroit outside of a major disaster. So one of Detroit's biggest problems is that it simply has too much space and buildings. I think this should be taken into account the next time a large city decides it wants to annex neighboring towns.

No one will like me saying this, but the other huge problem Detroit aces is corruption. And on top of that, it is a city where the leadership is not working in conjunction with the residents; in fact the city leadership is at odds with them. There's lots of things the city itself could do. But they wont, for political and business reasons. What these pictures dont show is the creative transformation that is happening there. But that will never be able to take off unless there is a fundamental, complete change in the way the city is run.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #31
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Detroit's on a development fast track
http://www.freep.com/story/news/loca...idge/16343825/
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It has been 40 years since ground was broken on a building that its creators dubbed the Renaissance Center to embody Detroit's hopes for brighter days. In the years that followed, many projects inched forward in the city's recovery efforts: Comerica Park, Ford Field, three casinos, the renovations of the long-shuttered Book Cadillac and Fort Shelby hotels.

But that progress now appears snaillike compared with the pace and promise of today. With a planned international bridge, streetcar line, 44-block arena and entertainment district, revamped riverfront and lots of housing, greater downtown Detroit seems finally at a long-predicted watershed moment. Big projects breaking ground, plus a palpable optimism among the most powerful and wealthiest people in the city and state, could push Detroit into a recovery that transforms it dramatically in 10 or 20 years.

Some highlights

■ M-1 Rail is under construction

■ The Ilitch family's arena project broke ground this month

■ Hundreds of new residential units are in the pipeline

■ A new bridge to Canada seems likely to happen

Some lowlights

■ Crime and schools continue to challenge

■ Unemployment remains well above statewide levels

■ Not every project proposed actually gets built
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always thought the Packard Plant would be a great world class museum of automobile history, and what better place on earth than Detroit.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 01:07 AM   #33
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I see a lot of money being put into downtown and the upper middle class, like the arena and rail. But what about the large amount of people in poverty? How about a large effort housing effort and a clean up task force. Detroit: You can't fix your city by making downtown "nice"
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always thought the Packard Plant would be a great world class museum of automobile history, and what better place on earth than Detroit.
a museum there will bring lot of tourist to Detroit, because eveyone that loves cars nows abaut that city...
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I see a lot of money being put into downtown and the upper middle class, like the arena and rail. But what about the large amount of people in poverty? How about a large effort housing effort and a clean up task force. Detroit: You can't fix your city by making downtown "nice"
but it is very important, a city without the center alive is a death city. If they want to bring back to life the whole city, they have to start by its main part

they can't forget the rest of the city, but the city centre is the most important area, more even when the city has a size too big for the number of people who lives there. A dense city is more easy to maintain than any other
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Some of the changes that are going on around downtown Detroit
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...9112636&type=1


Shapero Hall, home of Wayne State University's College of Pharmacy is being renovated into 180 "microapartments" by Boydell Development.


Work on the Capitol Park Building downtown is underway.


A new fence has gone up around the long-dormant Metropolitan Building.


Work is steadily progressing on the former Michigan National Bank building, bought by Dan Gilbert.


Workers have been coming and going from the Farwell Building.


The I94 Industrial Park north of Poletown has been completely cleared of trees and vegetation.

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Another piece of good news. A unique, castellated Detroit icon abandoned since the 80s has been restored.
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A new fence has gone up around the long-dormant Metropolitan Building.



that building is beautiful!!!

sad to see how it looks today
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