May 23

$250M project calls for 1,000 Detroit apartments

By Michael Martinez, The Detroit News (Excerpt) The first mixed-use development in a $250 million project that promises to bring 1,000 new apartments along Detroit’s QLine rail system will break ground this fall at Third and West Grand. Called Third and Grand, the $52 million residential complex will add 231 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space to Detroit’s New Center. It’s part of a larger project by developer Peter Cummings and others called The Platform, which will ultimately feature five different sites located within blocks of the upcoming rail system. In addition, The...

By Chris Hughes

7:19 PM

Tagged: New Center

May 03

Home of Detroit's streetcar line unveiled

By: Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News (Excerpt) The home of the future QLine rail line was unveiled Tuesday, marking another major step toward next spring’s opening of the long-planned streetcar system up Woodward from downtown to Midtown. The Penske Tech Center, named after billionaire and M-1 Rail board chairman Roger Penske for his involvement in the public-private $137 million project, will house the administrative staff and also serve as the operations and maintenance center for the streetcars. Read more about the Penske Tech Center HERE.

By Chris Hughes

3:41 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods, New Center

May 03

Want to start a business? Enter Hatch Detroit 2016

By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press (Excerpt)  Comerica Bank and its Hatch Detroit entrepreneurial contest have begun accepting entries for its 2016 competition, seeking applicants hoping to start a brick-and-mortar retail operation in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck. In addition to a grand prize of $50,000, Comerica this year is more than doubling its investment in the contest, committing to spending more than $125,000 on mentoring and other support for small businesses in the city. Read more about Hatch Detroit HERE.

By Chris Hughes

3:11 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Apr 21

Detroit's dining scene continues to bloom

By Melody Baetens, The Detroit News (Excerpt) A cheeseburger spring roll in Cass Corridor; farm-fresh rabbit in Hazel Park; 50 craft cocktails at a 50-seat restaurant in a Detroit alley; an expertly twice-cooked egg on a bed of greens near the Detroit Institute of Arts. These are some of the vignettes of Metro Detroit’s restaurant scene that are making the area a growing dining destination that is gaining more steam with each cluster of hotly anticipated openings. Read more about Detroit's dining scene HERE.

By Chris Hughes

11:55 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Apr 19

New life for Forest Arms as $10 million redevelopment opens next month to residents

By Kirk Pinho, Crains Detroit Business (Excerpt) It reportedly took three hours to put out a February 2008 fire at the Forest Arms apartment building in Midtown, which claimed a man's life and injured two others. Then it took more than eight years and nearly $10 million to get the 1905 building rebuilt. It's finally ready to open to some residents May 1. Read more about Forest Arms HERE.

By Chris Hughes

3:00 PM

Tagged: North Cass

Apr 17

Investors queue up for QLine: Real estate deals show economic clout of mass transit project

By Robert Snell, Crain's Detroit Business (Excerpt) Real estate investors have spent more than $1 billion acquiring properties near the QLine rail route, gobbling up buildings near future rail stations and in Highland Park in hopes the project will be extended northward. The activity — including more than $350 million worth of property acquisitions by QLine backer and Quicken Loans Inc.and Rock Ventures LLC founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert — illustrates the economic impact of several developments along the Woodward Avenue corridor. Those include the rail line, a possible bus rapid...

By Chris Hughes

8:00 AM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Mar 22

Work underway on $65M Scott at Brush Park development

By: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press (Excerpt) "With so many of downtown Detroit's empty buildings already being renovated, developers have begun to build ground-up projects to meet rising demand for apartments and retail shops. On Monday, Mayor Mike Duggan and other business and civic leaders celebrated one such project, the $65-million Scott at Brush Park mixed-use project." Read more about the Scott at Brush Park HERE.

By Chris Hughes

8:11 AM

Tagged: Brush Park

Mar 15

Grey Ghost restaurant to settle in former Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Space

By: Laura Cassar, Crain's Detroit Business (Excerpt) "Grey Ghost, a new meat-centered restaurant and cocktail bar, has found a home in Midtown Detroit. "Simple, raw and clean" is how partner and chef John Vermiglio described the restaurant's newly announced space at 47 E. Watson St. at Woodward Avenue in Detroit, former home of Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, which closed in 2014." Read more about Grey Ghost HERE.

By Chris Hughes

5:45 AM

Tagged: Brush Park

Mar 14

The Peterboro to open Thursday in Detroit's Cass Corridor

By: Laura Cassar, Crains Detroit Business  (Exerpt) "The Peterboro, a Chinese-American restaurant in Detroit's Cass Corridor, is scheduled to open Thursday.  "Coming off of Wright & Co., I thought Peterboro would be easy," said partner Dave Kwiatkowski, who also acted as general contractor on the project. Instead, when the walls came down between the original three 45-by-15-foot spaces, they discovered the floors had been poured after wall construction."   Read more about the Peterboro HERE

By Chris Hughes

2:44 PM

Tagged: Cass Park

Mar 09

DMC, Papa Joe's open $8.2 million food court

By: Marti Benedetti, Crains Detroit Business  (Exerpt) "Detroit Medical Center employees and visitors soon can choose from frozen yogurt to gourmet wood-fired pizzas to fresh fruit and vegetables with the addition of a new food court featuring nine restaurants. Restaurants in the DMC Midtown Marketplace that opened Wednesday are Sukhothai, Burger Bar Detroit, Chiqui's Mexican and Estia Greek Street Food. Starbuck’s, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and regional favorites Kabob Grill, Papa Joe’s Gourmet Foods and Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina will open within the next few weeks.:  Read more about DMC...

By Chris Hughes

2:40 PM

Tagged: Medical Center

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