Sep 27

Trendy hotel set for Midtown

By Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News (Excerpt) In Detroit, it appears boutique hotels are the new black. Plans for a sixth boutique hotel — small, stylish lodgings that tend to locate in trendy neighborhoods — were announced Monday for the city. Brooklyn-based West Elm, an international retailer of modern furniture and home decor, declared it was going into the hotel business and that Midtown Detroit was one of the five U.S. locations that would be part of the new venture. Read more about West Elm HERE. 

By Chris Hughes

10:40 AM

Tagged: North Cass, Wayne State

Sep 23

WSU approves privatizing management of campus housing

By Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News (Excerpt) Detroit — As Wayne State University works to address a housing crunch and transform itself from a commuter school into a residential campus, the Board of Governors on Friday approved privatizing the management of its on campus housing. The proposal created a 40 year agreement between the university and Corvias Campus Living to manage the on-campus housing. The Rhode Island-based company will be responsible for all property management while WSU will staff the buildings and provide programming. Read more about WSU and Corvias HERE.

By Chris Hughes

8:08 PM

Tagged: Wayne State

Sep 15

Wayne State sees first increase in students in 7 years

By Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News (Excerpt) For the first time in seven years, Wayne State University’s overall student body has grown this fall, officials announced Thursday. Meanwhile, the four- and six-year graduation rates have also improved at the state’s urban research university, but still lag behind national rates. Enrollment is up 0.4 percent — or 104 students — bringing the student population to 27,326. Officials have set a goal of 30,000 enrolled students by 2021. The university began losing students in 2009, when enrollment was 30,820. Read more about the student increase...

By Chris Hughes

1:18 PM

Tagged: Wayne State

Sep 12

Brewster-Wheeler, Eastern Market, Brush Park plan increases to $416.6 million, 1,037 housing units

By: Kirk Pinho, Crain's Detroit (Excerpt) More details of one of the most sweeping development plans in greater downtown in recent memory were unceremoniously made public Friday on the city of Detroit's website. In all, the effort to redevelop the property best known for being the home of the Brewster-Douglass housing projects and three sites in Eastern Market and Brush Park has increased from $267 million to $416.6 million, a 56 percent spike. As part of the plan to bring 1,037 residential units to the approximately 25 acres the four sites encompass, the city also plans things like...

By Chris Hughes

6:00 AM

Tagged: Brush Park

Sep 07

Rock City Eatery aims to grow up in Midtown

By: Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press (Excerpt) Like an angsty teenager’s bedroom, the first sign of rebellion at Rock City Eatery is on the walls. Or, rather, it’s the walls themselves. One might expect the distressed brick, exposed ductwork and lighting fixtures that epitomize restaurant interiors aiming for a certain postindustrial aesthetic. But plywood? That’s, well… different. “It’s one of the cheaper materials you can get,” explains Rock City Eatery chef-owner Nikita Sanches about the plywood that lined the walls of his popular Hamtramck restaurant, which served its final meal...

By Chris Hughes

2:35 PM

Tagged: Medical Center, North Cass

Sep 07

Rainbow to build child care center in Midtown

By: Sherri Welch, Crain's Detroit (Excerpt) Rainbow Child Care Center plans to construct a new site in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood to meet rising demand from families living and working in the area. The Troy-based company acquired just less than an acre of land at the corner of Mack Avenue and Brush Street and has spent the past six to eight months getting the needed approvals, said CEO Pat Fenton. It plans to break ground on the two-story, 12,000-square-foot child care center within 30-40 days and complete it in time for a spring opening. Read more about the new Rainbow Child Care...

By Chris Hughes

3:08 PM

Tagged: Brush Park, Medical Center

Aug 10

Grey Ghost draws crowds while finding its place

By Molly Abraham, The Detroit News (Excerpt) When people are really determined to get to a particular destination — say a hot new restaurant — they don’t let obstacles like detours for road closures and lack of parking space get in their way. That’s being proven nightly at Grey Ghost, the restaurant in the Midtown space that once housed Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe and now is home to twin brothers John and David Vermiglio, Joe Giacomino and Will Lee’s take on a contemporary Midwestern steakhouse. It has been packed on most nights since it opened July 28, serving dinner seven nights a week. The...

By Chris Hughes

3:24 PM

Tagged: Brush Park

Jul 29

Blossoms set to open Detroit flower shop on Thursday

By Adrienne Roberts, Crain's Detroit Business (Excerpt) The Birmingham-based flower shop Blossoms will expand with the opening Thursday of a storefront in Detroit's Midtown district. The storefront will also feature an art space with works from students and young artists, called Blossoming Artists. Owners Norman Silk and Dale Morgan renovated the building at 4152 Third St. to look like a "vintage garden with flowers and plants openly displayed throughout the store," Silk said in a news release. The store will also feature antique fixtures and repurposed items that will be used to display...

By Chris Hughes

5:30 AM

Tagged: North Cass

Jul 26

Grey Ghost Detroit opens in Brush Park

By Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press (Excerpt) "Thirteen years have passed since John Vermiglio left Clinton Township for culinary school in Rhode Island, dreaming of returning home one day to open a restaurant of his own. That dream will finally become a reality Thursday when the hotly anticipated Grey Ghost Detroit swings open in the city's Brush Park neighborhood, 10 months after the project was first publicly announced. The last piece before opening — a business license from the city — was secured Monday afternoon." Read more about Grey Ghost Detroit here.

By Chris Hughes

3:37 PM

Tagged: Brush Park

Jul 19

Coffee shop to open near new Red Wing's Arena

By: Ian Thibodeau, The Detroit News Excerpt: "Redevelopment continues to bubble around the future Little Caesars Arena in the Cass Corridor. New Order Coffee Roasters — a new company — announced plans Tuesday to open a 2,000-square-foot coffee shop on the main floor of the Crystal Loft Building, about three blocks north of the $627.5 million arena site. And the Mike Ilitch School of Business slated to open in 2018 just a block south of the shop will put students within crawling distance of the coffee shop." Read more about New Order Coffee Roasters HERE.

By Chris Hughes

5:28 PM

Tagged: Cass Park