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Old 08-17-2011, 01:26 PM
Location: Toronto, Canada
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FS, I just came in here to say you have done a great job with updates for this city. It's a lot better than those guy on freep.com whining at every turn.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:56 PM
Location: Downtown Detroit
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  • MyInsuranceExpert.com, an online life insurance firm owned in part by Dan Gilbert will soon be moving to downtown Detroit. CEO Loren Zalesin stated that the firm currently employs 85, but plans to hire an additional 200 people over the next several months after its move downtown is complete. The company's partnership with Rockbridge Growth Equity is helping fuel its rapid expansion. As a web-based company, the firm should fit in well downtown as it joins several other online and technology firms located in Detroit's urban core. Welcome to the party, folks!
Another Gilbert firm to move downtown Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com (http://www.freep.com/article/20110822/BUSINESS06/110822052/Another-Gilbert-firm-move-downtown-Detroit - broken link)
  • Basel-Miami recently listed Detroit as one of the four up-and-coming art centers in the world, thus, it is no surprise that city is welcoming yet another art gallery.
Opening at the newly renovated mixed-use building at 1260 Library, the Long-Sharp/Curis Modern & Contemporary Fine Art gallery will celebrate its grand opening on September 17th. It will host works by some of the art world's biggest names, like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, while hosting shows for current artists. Can't wait to check it out!

Contemporary art gallery opens at 1260 Library

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:30 AM
Location: Downtown Detroit
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  • A new fashion boutique known as the "Peacock Room" will soon be opening in Midtown's Park Shelton building. Named after the iconic mural imported into the Ferry Street home of Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer, the store will compliment Detroit style and history.
Rachel Lutz, the entrepreneur behind Peacock Room will offer shoppers a mix of upscale consignment, vintage and new apparel options for men and women. Lutz stated that her merchandise will speak to the sophistication of professionals but will also be accessible to a student budget.

Midtown apparel alert: The Peacock Room to open in Park Shelton building

  • Constant new business development in Corktown is leading to the redevelopment of Michigan Avenue's streetscape. MDOT is ponying up for much-needed improvements that are long overdue.
When construction is complete, Corktown can look forward to new sidewalks, brick planters, trees, bike loops and trash receptacles along Michigan Ave. Additionally, a network of bike lanes will connect Corktown and Mexicantown. These improvements will be a welcomed complement to the vibrant new businesses sprouting in the area.
Michigan Avenue streetscaping to complement Corktown revitalization efforts | MLive.com
  • Plans for a 12,000 sq. ft. health food store known as "The Water Station" are emerging for Palmer Park. The business is the idea of Dr. Keefa Weatherspoon, who is passionate about offering and educating people about healthy foods.
Right now, The Water Station focuses primarily on mineral waters and health education, but Weatherspoon's new store will also include a cafe. This will surely be a great addition to the Woodward Corridor and the venerable Palmer Park neighborhood.

The Water Station plans health food store in Palmer Park
  • As new bike lanes and paths continue to expand across the city, funding for the final stretch of the Detroit Riverwalk is being raised and will soon be completed. To tie all of this together, 3 local CCS students are in the process of setting up a new business known as the Detroit Bike Project.
Their concept calls for installing park-and-ride bike stations in the Renaissance Center, Wayne State's campus, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Woodbridge, New Center, Grand Circus Park, Corktown and Eastern Market neighborhoods. Basically, you swipe your credit card, jump on a bike, and ride. The bikes can be returned at any local bike shop.

Personally, I couldn't be more excited about this. Not only is it a good idea, emulating bike stations that are common in other major cities across the United States and Europe, but it provides a much-needed alternative to navigating the city's urban landscape in the face of limited public transit. The easier we can make it for visitors, tourists, and locals alike to traverse Detroit with ease, the more interaction and vibrancy will occur. Kudos.

Detroit Bike Project seeks to link Detroit's greater downtown

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Old 08-30-2011, 02:50 AM
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Thanks for the updates. The bike project is a great addition to that area.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:43 AM
Location: Michigan
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Default Low-income housing

I had passed by Cass Tech the other day and saw that they were building townhouses on the former Jefferies Projects site. Going from south to north it looked like they are 1/3 done so far. I thought it was worth mentioning if anyone was interested. The specific site is Cornerstone Estates. It's mainly low-income government housing.

Some articles about the timeline of construction:


Cornerstone (this one seems inaccurate.)

Michigan Chronicle

Construction to start on $46.2 million Cornerstone Estates project | Crain's Detroit Business
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:13 PM
Location: Downtown Detroit
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  • From NYC to Detroit, a new "biergarten" is opening up in the city's West Village neighborhood. Detroit entrepreneur Suzanne Vier is opening Tashmoo Biergarten, an outdoor space that will serve entirely Michigan-based micro brews to up to 350 people.
Tashmoo will be open for 5 Sundays this year, running from the end of September through the end of October, with plans to hopefully return next year. The biergarten takes its name from the Great Lakes steamship the "Tashmoo," built for Detroit's White Star Line.

A biergarten in West Village? I'll drink to that | Crain's Detroit Business
  • The Detroit Institute of Bagels is looking to expand its operation into a new bakery/retail storefront. Co-founded by the Newman brothers, DIB has not been able to keep up with demand. The company is looking at possible locations in Eastern Market, where it sells its bagels on Saturdays and also potentially Corktown. Good luck, fellas.
  • With downtown's real estate market red hot, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is seeking a developer to restore three historic buildings in downtown's Capitol Park district. Targeted for investment are the 11-story Capitol Park Building, the 13-story former United Way headquarters, and the eight-story Farwell Building. All of the buildings were constructed between 1895 and 1913.
Capitol Park is truly one of downtown's most interesting little neighborhoods and hopefully we will see some great mixed-use developments to add to what is already there.

DEGC seeks proposals for Farwell Building, two others on Capitol Park in downtown Detroit | MLive.com
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:51 AM
Location: Downtown Detroit
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  • Plans to construct 2,000 luxury condos and other retail developments on the former Uniroyal Tire site are back in motion. The Uniroyal site is a contaminated area occupying some of the city's most valuable real estate near Belle Isle.
From 1906 to 1980, the site operated as an industrial hub and became contaminated with mercury, coal tar, PCBs, and benzene. After years of prodding, several companies including DuPont, Michelin, DTE, and London-based Edonis have agreed to pay for the site's remediation, clearing it of contamination.

Work has already begun to scrub the soil of pollutants and the western portion of the site is expected to be cleaned by 2013. Despite its contamination, the former Uniroyal site comprises some of the city's most prized waterfront property, which is why NFL star turned developer Jerome Bettis has stood firm on his plans to develop the land since he first acquired it in 2006.

Wayne County | Cleanup of Uniroyal site is set into motion | The Detroit News (http://www.detnews.com/article/20110903/METRO01/109030360/1409/Cleanup-of-Uniroyal-site-is-set-into-motion - broken link)

Jerome Bettis: Stalled plans for luxury condos, retail back on track for Detroit riverfront | MLive.com

First phase of cleanup to start on Uniroyal riverfront site targeted for development | Crain's Detroit Business
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:06 AM
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I love reading all the positive news about the city! I moved to the Detroit area after living in California for many years, and adore the city, I spend most of my free time downtown, too many people stay away because of misinformation. There is so much to do, and I have never felt afraid. I love the arts, music, culture, and restaurants. I'm not a sports lover but if that's your thing, that's in the city as well.

Something exciting in health care that's worth checking out is Detroit Community Acupuncture, which has recently opened a new clinic next to the Majestic at Woodward and Aexandrine. It's a large homey clinic filled with comfortable reclining chairs, offering community acupuncture treatment for everything from simple stress relief to serious health issues. The best part is the price, $15-$35 per session on a sliding scale compared to the $75-$100 most clinics charge. The clinic is part of a national movement started in Portland OR to bring holistic health care to average working people who might not be able to afford it otherwise. For a nice change of pace, skip the cocktail, and schedule an appointment after work, the relaxation is INCREDIBLE, and no hangover, friends can even get treated together.

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Old 09-07-2011, 06:25 PM
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Roxbury reviving Buhl Bar

The Buhl Bar
, on the ground floor of the Buhl Building on the corner of Congress and Griswold streets, is making a comeback.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:05 PM
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The Auburn in Midtown is breaking ground on Tuesday.

Apartment project to ease housing shortage in Midtown | Detroit Free Press | freep.com (http://www.freep.com/article/20110908/BUSINESS06/110908052/Apartment-project-ease-housing-shortage-Midtown - broken link)
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