Detroit doesn't have all the grand real estate ruins: Head to the Bloomfield Twp-Pontiac border to witness the "apocalyptic landscape" of the Bloomfield Park debacle. The story goes something like this: After assembling 80 acres on Telegraph Road, Developer Craig Schubiner got to work on a $2-billion development. Plans originally included a luxury hotel, an 11-screen movie theatre, up to 80 storefronts, over 1000 residences, and more office space than the Ren Cen. Naturally, the money train derailed with the recession in 2008, leaving behind a series of parking garages and angry, unpaid contractors. These days, Oakland County officials and Pontiac's emergency manager are desperately searching for private developers willing to turn "Stonehenge" into a viable development. Until then, we can think of at least one creative use for such a large, abandoned parking structure.
· Oakland County wants action at development 'eyesore' [Freep]
· Oakland County tries to save 'White Elephants' [Oak Press]