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Old February 17th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #61
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I always wished they would have been able to secure the parking lots south of St. Mary's to build the hotel on.

I know it's asking too much of casinos or Detroit developers in general, but couldn't they just get a bit more creative, i.e. a smaller lot for the hotel? It isn't like there isn't enough empty space to build on. It may mean they would have to go a few floors higher with their design, but they were planning on going taller originally, anyway if they would have been up on Gratiot.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 05:42 AM   #62
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Yeah, they can buy Lavdas and the surrounding lots and build it there!
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 07:22 PM   #63
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Hey, those condos on the waterfront sounds awesome and prestigious! Hope Greektown's hotel and land planning gets started and secured!
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 08:46 PM   #64
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Re: riverfront and height. The step-up design is a good idea, but I think highrises can still occur south of Jefferson, and taking into account views. Plus, Harbortown is building two towers (15 and 30 stories) south of Jefferson which is good. Their plan will allow other nearby developments to take into account that there will be two towers near their development site. I think there can be a nice, conservative mix of both.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 06:10 PM   #65
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yeah, preserving views is nice and all, but the market will truly dictate what gets built when and where for what height. Now if only we had LRT up jefferson to get those people to work
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Old February 25th, 2006, 07:15 PM   #66
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Yous guys. I just drove by Centurion Place late last night on my way home. Unbeknownst to me, the structure of the first phase is already built. I was totally shocked to see these big old skeletons of what will soon be a really beautiful infill project in the Ferry Street/St. Antoine area. There's no facade up, just the frame. They are so much bigger than I had imagined by the renderings.

The greatest feeling was seeing something built up to the street with the different designs, mocking the intention to make it look like a real neighborhood, and not crappy suburban, cookie-cutter, blandness like the rest of the neighborhood is building.

I was really excited. I'll try to document the progress to the best of my ability.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #67
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You know what guys? This is ALL I wanna see right now. Developments like this. Absolutely beautiful. I hope the trend continues.

I am so interested in how all of the loft/new housing are going right now, especially that Crystal Ballroom project. How's that process going, by the way?
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Old February 26th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #68
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I was just over there taking pictures. Some lady barked at me for standing on her sidewalk.

The project looks nice in the day though.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 08:51 PM   #69
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The environment for photographers seems to be so much more hostile, now.

Do you plan on posting photos of the progress? Is Tony still hosing your photos?
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Old February 27th, 2006, 09:03 PM   #70
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I'll try to post, but it won't be very easy. I still have access to Tony's space, so that's good. Spring break is coming up, so that might help.

Oh, and on my way to the bank today, I noticed that the Medusa silos are being demolished. The last of the east riverfront silos to come down.

I miss the big red sign though.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 04:23 AM   #71
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The silos are gone and all three will have development projects announced by mid-spring. The one nearest the Ren Cen was announced recently and the other two will be soon. I have to agree with whomever brought up the issue of suburban density along Jefferson, but as far as those nearest Atwater, they will be dense and urban. GM's project south of Atwater on the side closest to the river will begin by summer. I met with GM recently and they're beside themselves with excitment for the east riverfront projects. They are most notably committed to seeing them through and creating an urban landscape.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #72
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The parking garage should be operational with the Asian Village by year's end as well. Maybe next summer there will some evidence of a new lifestyle on the immediate east riverfront.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 03:21 AM   #73
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This is interesting, although I'm not sure what's going on with the area around the roof.

430 East Ferry
Nailah LLC is in the process of developing a new residential building reminiscent of the architecture found in the East Ferry Historic District. The building is a dual occupancy residence on two floors. While both units share the same building, separate entrances, garages, and outdoor space will be provided. Both units will have a single car garage, an open full kitchen, a dining room, powder room, spacious living room and individual entry halls, among other amenities. This project will serve as a model for other infill projects already planned further down on Ferry and along Kirby. A total of 24 units are planned for future construction. 430 East Ferry is scheduled for construction in March 2006, and is estimated to be complete by June. Total investment is $400,000.

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Old March 1st, 2006, 05:05 AM   #74
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If they got rid of the third floor (or at least reduced the size), I'd love it.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 06:38 AM   #75
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Looks like the MGM is a good 3-4 floors above ground near the lodge exit. Does anyone know when/if renderings will be released and where the actual hotel tower is supposed to be? That site is massive!
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Old March 1st, 2006, 06:38 AM   #76
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Yeah, the roof is just too much, but since it will be a rather upscale duplex, I'll give it a pass. This is what I like to see, though, something besides singe-family infill in the inner-city. Not that it is rare in the inner-city, but I like to see the pattern carried out.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 06:41 AM   #77
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The hotel tower is supposedly going up at 3rd and Michigan (Bagley exit), the garage at 3rd and the Fisher, and the casino building in between along third, but set back quite a bit.

As for the rendering, I emailed the architect, and though they gave me a height, they would not even reply when I asked about a public rendering. I have no idea why MGM is keeping it so incredibly secret. Maybe it's because they'll build a 90-story tower. One can wish.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 07:11 AM   #78
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Maybe it's more like when movie studios don't screen their films for critics. That means they're REALLY bad.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 09:26 AM   #79
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lol, I sure hope that is not the case. BTW, if anyone wants to see a preliminary concept go to Hamilton-Anderson's website. They have the old rendering, and from what I've been able to glean from the articles done on it in the News last year, it will probably look a lot like the preliminary rendering done by Hamilton-Anderson a few years back.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 07:57 PM   #80
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The part of the casino that is the highest elevated is probably the gaming portion of the complex. I'd imagine that the hotel would have an elevator shaft rising first and the parking structure would look like a typical, crappy construction.
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