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

Jan 31

Hotel, housing aim to debut with new Red Wings arena

By: Louis Aguilar, Detroit News (Excerpt) A new hotel and about 150 residential units are part of $196 million in planned development that aims to be up and running when the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena debuts in September 2017, said Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of the billionaire Ilitch family.   Read More Here

By Chris Hughes

7:38 AM

Tagged: Cass Park

Jan 19

Detroit Shipyard Aims for July Opening in Detroit’s Midtown District

By: Adrienne Roberts, dbusiness Detroit Shipyard, a $1.4 million development that includes a mix of five restaurants, an outdoor stage, two bars, and gallery space built from huge shipping containers, is scheduled to open in Detroit’s Midtown district in July. Jonathan Hartzell, co-CEO and developer of Detroit Shipyard, says the development will be located at 474 Peterboro (near Cass), and next to the store, 8 Degrees Plato. He says he originally planned on opening Detroit Shipyard in Corktown, but after plans to buy land on Michigan Avenue failed, he looked to other neighborhoods in the...

By Chris Hughes

4:33 PM

Tagged: Cass Park

Jan 23

Restaurateur Zack Sklar to bring fried chicken chain to Midtown

By: Sherri Welch, Crain's Detroit The owners of some of the trendiest restaurants in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills are going from eclectic dishes to plastic foam plates with the opening of a 60-year-old Memphis classic,Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, in Detroit's Midtown this summer. Led by local chef Zack Sklar, a member of the 2015 Crain's 20 in their 20s class, Peas & Carrots Hospitality is noted for some of the region's most popular restaurants — Social Kitchen & Barin Birmingham and Beau's Grillery and Mex in Bloomfield Hills. As part of $5 million in investments, Sklar...

By Chris Hughes

8:00 AM

Tagged: North Cass

Jan 21

Express bus service for Woodward, Gratiot

By: Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press Expanded bus service on Woodward and Gratiot would function as an express service between Detroit and its northern suburbs. The proposal, unveiled Thursday as a draft at a meeting of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, would include 13 stops — rather than an estimated 100 in some cases — on each corridor and allow riders to travel between Detroit's Bricktown neighborhood, near a People Mover station, and the Somerset Collection in Troy, and between Bricktown and the North River Park and Ride lot in the Mt. Clemens area. Leaders...

By Chris Hughes

8:06 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Jan 26

How Midtown became Detroit's safest neighborhood

By: DENNIS ARCHAMBAULT | TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016 Some say that Midtown is a city within a city. As far as public safety is concerned, there is some truth to that statement. The Midtown district is one of the safest places in Detroit. According to Wayne State University, major crimes in Midtown have decreased by 52 percent since 2008, significantly outpacing the 18 percent decline citywide over the same period. According to BestColleges.com, Wayne State, one of Midtown's primary anchor institutions, is one of the 50 safest large university campuses in the U.S. For years, blue lights...

By Chris Hughes

9:28 AM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods