The Metropolitan Building's moment of truth is nigh. The DEGC is now accepting bids for the removal of the building's asbestos, issuing an RFP document with the words "demolition project" in the title. The DEGC isn't willing to admit it, but we are: The Metropolitan is on track for demolition because it's an currently an eyesore, and eyesores don't fit in with the new vision for downtown. Cubed published a plea for preservation back in April, when Bedrock's Bruce Schwartz implied the company was interested in renovation. Unfortunately, today's article in the Detroit News reveals that Bedrock has definitely given up on the building. Will a developer step in before it's too late?
· Dan Gilbert, Please Don't Demolish the Metropolitan Building [Curbed]
· City weighs whether to restore or demolish Metropolitan Building [Det News]