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Rendering of the Monroe Blocks.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hayes Davidson

Dan Gilbert’s biggest developments in Detroit, mapped

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Rendering of the Monroe Blocks.
| Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hayes Davidson

In the last decade, Dan Gilbert and his real estate company Bedrock Detroit have made an enormous impact on downtown Detroit. He’s renovated vacant buildings, built a hotel, proposed new skyscrapers, broken ground on others, and taken advantage of a lot of tax incentives.

And that doesn’t even include many smaller projects, like a loft conversion in Corktown, multiple building purchases, and more. These past few months, however, have raised some questions about his health and the financing of certain projects.

Nonetheless, Gilbert’s influence on the city is undeniable and will continue for a long time. Here are his largest projects currently in the works.

Note: Buildings ordered from north to south.

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Wayne County criminal justice center

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Wayne County, the City of Detroit, and Rock Ventures worked out a deal for a large land swap that gave Bedrock the jail site on Gratiot. In exchange, Rock Ventures would build a new criminal justice complex at this 13-acre site at East Warren and I-75. The building and jail would cost upwards of $520.3 million and include a 2,280-bed jail, 25 courtrooms, five hearing rooms, offices, and a juvenile detention facility.

A multi-story metal facility with several wings. A few flags for the city, state, and country fly at an intersection. Courtesy of HOK

Brewster-Douglass site

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Bedrock is in the process of acquiring the 18-acre former Brewster-Douglass site. The Detroit Housing Commission and HUD recently approved the sale, which should be completed sometime soon. The ambitious, $300 million-plus development calls for over 900 units of mixed-income housing (648 apartments and 265 for-sale units), 3.2 acres of public space, an early learning center, and retail spread across 784,080 square feet.

A playground and green space in a courtyard surrounded by buildings. Bedrock Detroit

City Modern

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For the last couple years, work has been ongoing on City Modern in Brush Park, which will bring a very different look to the old neighborhood. The development will have apartment buildings, townhouses, carriage houses, and the renovation of four historic homes. A senior-focused apartment building opened in April this year, and much of the development is expected to finish in 2020.

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Detorit Center for Innovation

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In October 2019, a monumental partnership was announced between Dan Gilbert and Stephen Ross. The two billionaire real estate moguls will be working with the University of Michigan to build a campus focusing on high-tech research and education on the Gilbert-owned ‘fail jail’ site near downtown. The center is expected to cost around $300 million with construction beginning in 2021.

This could be part of a much bigger campus project stretching downtown that includes the former Detroit Police Department Headquarters, also owned by Gilbert.

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Hudson’s site

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Vacant for nearly two decades, the new Hudson’s will total approximately 1,000,000 square feet (not including underground parking for 700 cars), with 330 residential units and 240,000 square feet of office space at a cost of over $900 million.

Bedrock broke ground on the site in December 2017 and is still building the foundation. The latest update, however, was not terribly encouraging: The tower will no longer be the tallest in the state, there won’t be an observation deck, and the estimated completion date was pushed back to 2023.

Rendering of the first few floors of a huge glass skyscraper. People walk and bike on the street outside, and there’s many more seen through the windows of the building. Bedrock Detroit

Monroe Blocks

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Covering the area between Campus Martius and Randolph along Monroe, the project as initially announced would add a 35-story office tower plus residential at a cost of $830 million. It broke ground in December 2018, but there has been little work at the site since and is undergoing a redesign.

In the foreground is a pedestrian plaza with people. On either side of the plaza are various city buildings. Bedrock Detroit

Book Tower

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The $313 million project will add retail, offices, residential, and possibly a high-end hotel to the Louis Kamper–designed skyscraper and neighboring Book Building. For the past two years, Bedrock has been restoring the exterior of the 38-story Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Most recently, it announced a new architect and released renderings for the final design, and gave guests a tour of the building’s equally magnificent interior.

One Campus Martius

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Construction is nearly complete on the expansion to One Campus Martius. When finished, it will add about 310,000 square feet of office space to the Quicken Loans headquarters.

David Stott Building

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Bedrock acquired the Capitol Park Art Deco skyscraper in 2015, after being neglected and flooded with water by its previous owner. Work has been underway for a while to restore the building, designed by John M. Donaldson, back to its original beauty.

Many of the residences are now available for lease.

Detroit Free Press Building

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In late 2016, Bedrock acquired the old Detroit Free Press Building and has been working to redevelop it. The Albert Kahn–design, Art Deco gem will reopen with ground-floor retail, two floors of office space, and a residential tower at a cost of around $70 million.

Buhl Building

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Bought by Dan Gilbert in 2017 for $38.5 million, the downtown skyscraper that opened in 1925 is currently undergoing a renovation. We don’t know much about the work, though Crain’s reported at the time that it includes updates to common areas, the parking deck, and more.

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Wayne County criminal justice center

Wayne County, the City of Detroit, and Rock Ventures worked out a deal for a large land swap that gave Bedrock the jail site on Gratiot. In exchange, Rock Ventures would build a new criminal justice complex at this 13-acre site at East Warren and I-75. The building and jail would cost upwards of $520.3 million and include a 2,280-bed jail, 25 courtrooms, five hearing rooms, offices, and a juvenile detention facility.

A multi-story metal facility with several wings. A few flags for the city, state, and country fly at an intersection. Courtesy of HOK

Brewster-Douglass site

Bedrock is in the process of acquiring the 18-acre former Brewster-Douglass site. The Detroit Housing Commission and HUD recently approved the sale, which should be completed sometime soon. The ambitious, $300 million-plus development calls for over 900 units of mixed-income housing (648 apartments and 265 for-sale units), 3.2 acres of public space, an early learning center, and retail spread across 784,080 square feet.

A playground and green space in a courtyard surrounded by buildings. Bedrock Detroit

City Modern

For the last couple years, work has been ongoing on City Modern in Brush Park, which will bring a very different look to the old neighborhood. The development will have apartment buildings, townhouses, carriage houses, and the renovation of four historic homes. A senior-focused apartment building opened in April this year, and much of the development is expected to finish in 2020.

Bedrock Detroit

Detorit Center for Innovation

In October 2019, a monumental partnership was announced between Dan Gilbert and Stephen Ross. The two billionaire real estate moguls will be working with the University of Michigan to build a campus focusing on high-tech research and education on the Gilbert-owned ‘fail jail’ site near downtown. The center is expected to cost around $300 million with construction beginning in 2021.

This could be part of a much bigger campus project stretching downtown that includes the former Detroit Police Department Headquarters, also owned by Gilbert.

A large glass building shaped like a trapezoid but with a rounded edge. There’s a large boulevard that heads into a downtown with multiple skyscrapers. Kohn Pedersen Fox

Hudson’s site

Vacant for nearly two decades, the new Hudson’s will total approximately 1,000,000 square feet (not including underground parking for 700 cars), with 330 residential units and 240,000 square feet of office space at a cost of over $900 million.

Bedrock broke ground on the site in December 2017 and is still building the foundation. The latest update, however, was not terribly encouraging: The tower will no longer be the tallest in the state, there won’t be an observation deck, and the estimated completion date was pushed back to 2023.

Rendering of the first few floors of a huge glass skyscraper. People walk and bike on the street outside, and there’s many more seen through the windows of the building. Bedrock Detroit

Monroe Blocks

Covering the area between Campus Martius and Randolph along Monroe, the project as initially announced would add a 35-story office tower plus residential at a cost of $830 million. It broke ground in December 2018, but there has been little work at the site since and is undergoing a redesign.

In the foreground is a pedestrian plaza with people. On either side of the plaza are various city buildings. Bedrock Detroit

Book Tower

The $313 million project will add retail, offices, residential, and possibly a high-end hotel to the Louis Kamper–designed skyscraper and neighboring Book Building. For the past two years, Bedrock has been restoring the exterior of the 38-story Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Most recently, it announced a new architect and released renderings for the final design, and gave guests a tour of the building’s equally magnificent interior.

One Campus Martius

Construction is nearly complete on the expansion to One Campus Martius. When finished, it will add about 310,000 square feet of office space to the Quicken Loans headquarters.

David Stott Building

Bedrock acquired the Capitol Park Art Deco skyscraper in 2015, after being neglected and flooded with water by its previous owner. Work has been underway for a while to restore the building, designed by John M. Donaldson, back to its original beauty.

Many of the residences are now available for lease.

Detroit Free Press Building

In late 2016, Bedrock acquired the old Detroit Free Press Building and has been working to redevelop it. The Albert Kahn–design, Art Deco gem will reopen with ground-floor retail, two floors of office space, and a residential tower at a cost of around $70 million.

Buhl Building

Bought by Dan Gilbert in 2017 for $38.5 million, the downtown skyscraper that opened in 1925 is currently undergoing a renovation. We don’t know much about the work, though Crain’s reported at the time that it includes updates to common areas, the parking deck, and more.