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Midtown is experiencing a tremendous amount of residential, institutional and commercial development with over $2 billion invested in area projects since 2000 and more than 3,800 new housing units.
Carhartt is a rugged apparel company that was born in Detroit, and in the summer of 2015, it brought its flagship store to Midtown. The 50,000 square foot development features three floors of commercial space, and indoor parking.
The Casamira is located at 680 Delaware in the New Center neighborhood. This $10.2-million residential development will consist of 44 residential units, with 25% reserved for affordable housing.
This apartment building has been vacant since the late 1960’s, but the Cass Plaza reopened its doors June 2016. This $17 million project features a fully restored façade, and 39 affordable units that are 100% leased.
Residents have begun moving into the 27 unit apartment building. The $6 million project is designated 100% affordable and targeted to veterans. The building is 100% leased and has a 300 person waiting list.
The former Chinatown restaurant will soon open its doors again – this time as another former Detroit favorite: Diamond Jim Brady’s. This restaurant was made famous in Detroit for its burgers and looks to bring back 60 years of tradition.
College for Creative Studies
The main cultural center campus has grown through the years with the addition of the Walter B. Ford II Building in 2001; new studios for glass, ceramics, crafts and photography and a student and community lounge; the Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden in 2005; and the renovation of three historic homes on Ferry Street, in 2001 and 2007. CCS later reconfigured and updated its campus and added a student services center in the Yamasaki building. Investment: $55M In the New Center area, the vacant 11-story 760,000 sq. ft. Argonaut Building was renovated in 2009 and is now the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The mixed-use educational complex houses undergraduate and graduate programs in design, community outreach activities, student housing, research and professional activities in the design fields, a charter middle school and high school focusing on art and design. In 2012, Shinola invested $2.5 million to locate their factory on the fifth floor of the building. This is not only good for the city of Detroit, but also allows for collaboration with CSS students. CSS Investment: $145 M Total Investment: $200 M Shinola Investment: $2.5M
Located at 3100 Woodward and built in 1919 by businessman Hugh Chalmers, this 2-story building once known as the Crystal Ballroom was designed with a classical style. Later the facade along Woodward was revised into a more Art Deco style. The 30,000 sq. ft. building was renovated as a mixed-use development with an added 3rd floor, 17 residential units and 12,000 square feet of retail space. The residential units are fully occupied with 3 having sold, and the rest are leased. One of the first floor commercial spaces will be going to Grey Ghost, and the other is still available for lease.
Detroit Design Center
Phase 1 of this project which improved upon the existing façade, is complete. Phase 2 will be underway later this year. This phase will expand the existing building using a shipping container to create a gallery space.
Detroit Historical Museum
The museum underwent a $13 million upgrade and renovation in 2012. Three permanent exhibits now highlight the city's role in World War II; Detroit architecture, entertainment, and sports over the last 100 years; and Detroit inventors. Longtime exhibits such as the "Streets of Old Detroit" have been brushed-up. The "Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad" moved to a larger area and appear similar to the "Streets of Old Detroit." The Motor City exhibit added international auto industry and many exhibits now have an interactive quality for the tech-savvy visitor. The Detroit Legends Plaza, in front of the museum, was unveiled with hand-prints of some of Detroit's stars. The changes make the museum more relevant and exciting for returning and new visitors.
Detroit Medical Center
The Detroit Medical Center recently finished its Midtown Marketplace, which is a 15,000 square foot food plaza that offers wholesome foods from 8 different vendors for DMC employees, patients and families. Other projects include upgrades to the Children’s Hospital, and the Heart Hospital Access Center, which will improve access for cardiac emergencies.