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

Feb 02

Downtown loses clothing boutique to North End

By: MJ Galbraith, Model D  (Exerpt) "Zarkpa's Purses and Accessories boutique has moved to the North End neighborhood. The lifestyle and clothing boutique celebrated two years of business with its grand re-opening at the new location. In addition to setting clothing and accessory trends, Zarkpa's hopes more businesses open in the North End."  Read more about Zarkpa's HERE.

By Chris Hughes

1:47 PM

Tagged: Adjacent Areas

Feb 16

Clarification on proposed Midtown Zoning ordinance

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) would like to correct some of the information as it was presented in the recently published article in The Detroit News, “New Zoning in Midtown would emphasize walkability,” by Louis Aguilar, on February 15, 2016. For the full response, please go HERE.  

By Annmarie Borucki

11:54 AM

Tagged: North Cass, Wayne State

Feb 14

Birmingham florist Blossoms to open store in Midtown this spring

By: Sherri Welch, Crain's Detroit Business    (Excerpt) The owners of Birmingham-based florist Blossoms plan to bring a store back to Detroit this spring in the former Willis Showplace Bar building they've owned for more than 30 years in what is now Midtown. And they've leased the former bar space in the building, a former jazz hot spot shuttered in the mid-1970s for prostitution, to a West Coast investor who plans to reopen it this summer as a bar called Shag.   Read the rest of the article here.

By Chris Hughes

8:00 AM

Tagged: North Cass

Feb 09

How WSU and CCS transformed from commuter schools into 24-hour campus communities

By MJ Galbraith, Model D Media (Excerpt) "Most of the students in this year's freshman class at Wayne State University were just five years old in 2002. While they were attending kindergarten, officials at Wayne State were making what seemed like a big gamble – opening the university's first modern residence hall. They would go on to open a second in 2003 and a third in 2005. 1,800 beds and approximately $100 million later, Wayne State was deeply invested in transforming itself from a commuter school into what it is today, a campus that functions 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Read...

By Chris Hughes

3:57 PM

Tagged: Tech Town, Wayne State

Feb 03

Financing finalized for $65 million The Scott at Brush Park apartment development

By: Kirk Pinho, Crain's Detroit (Excerpt) "The financing package has been finalized for an under-construction multifamily development with 199 apartment units in Detroit that is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The $65 million The Scott at Brush Park project received a $37.75 million construction loan and a $4.91 million bridge loan from Fifth Third Bank, plus $4 million from Capital Impact Partners’ and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s Detroit Neighborhoods Fund LLC, $2 million from the Detroit Investment Fund and $2 million from Chase’s Invest Detroit Fund." Read More Here.

By Chris Hughes

11:51 AM

Tagged: Brush Park