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Conservancy, City Seek Proposals for Riverfront Development

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The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the City of Detroit Planning Department have put out a call for development plans for East Riverfront. The East Riverfront, a district bounded by St. Antoine Street to the west, East Grand Boulevard to the east, Larned Street to the north and the Detroit River to the south, used to be heavily blighted. Over the last decade, the RiverFront Conservancy's projects in the area have included moving cement factories away from the river, redeveloping the Renaissance Center, and to building the RiverWalk, a public park set along 3.5 miles of trail.

According to a study commissioned by the Conservancy, the riverfront has taken in over $1 billion in public and privately funded investment since redevelopment began in 2003. Firms interested in helping to develop the 400 acres under consideration have until 5 pm on Dec 4 to submit RFQ responses. According to the city's request for qualifications report, new developments need to address several major goals for the riverfront.

Among other things, plans need to "create a vibrant, mixed-use district," that includes housing, retail and entertainment, and that offers "diverse residential stock" with both market rate and affordable housing. Other goals developers must address to win approval for projects in the district include creating network of "walkable and bike-able" links between the riverfront and nearby neighborhoods, and to promoting "environmental stewardship."

·East Riverfront Request for Qualifications [City of Detroit]
·Detroit RiverFront Conservancy [Detroit RiverFront Conservancy]
·Gabriel Richard Park Will Be The Next Riverfront Makeover [Curbed Detroit]