Sometimes a picture is all you need. Yesterday, developers broke ground on Orleans Landing, which promises to bring 272 housing units to Detroit's riverfront. They say "pix or it didn't happen." Well, here's the picture, and it totally happened. Curbed has covered this project through all the stages of Detroit real estate development: Rumors, Scoffing, Failure to launch, Annoyance over delays and finally…Groundbreaking.
Present at yesterday's ceremony, and pictured (from left to right with shovels) were Mark Morante (Michigan Economic Development Corporation), Margaret Anadu (Goldman Sachs), Richard Baron (McCormack Baron Salazar, developers), Matt Cullen (Chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and President of Rock Ventures), David Blaszkiewicz (Invest Detroit), Mark Wallace (President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy), Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Linda Forte (Economic Development Corporation) and Laura Trudeau (The Kresge Foundation). Developers say the project will be complete in spring 2017. We're not holding our breath, but yesterday's event is a start. Literally.
·Orleans Landing Finally…Landing in 2017 [Curbed Detroit]
·Orleans Landing Might Actually Build Something Soon [Curbed Detroit]
·Behold: Orleans Landing Will Break Ground by Labor Day [Curbed Detroit]
·Rivertown Residential Development Shows First Signs of Life [Curbed Detroit]
·New $60M Neighborhood Planned For Five Riverfront Blocks [Curbed Detroit]