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Mapping the 12 biggest redevelopments underway in Detroit

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Detroit is undergoing a development and construction boom that it hasn’t seen since the first half of the 20th century. In many cases, that means redeveloping buildings that have been vacant for decades. In the coming years, we’ll see these older buildings filled with residential, hotels, office space, and more.

Many of these have been completed since we first started this list: The Shinola Hotel opened in late 2018, The Metropolitan Building finished in early 2019,

We didn’t include what is potentially the biggest renovation in the city, the Packard Plant, because of its daunting scale and lack of progress so far.

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Note: Projects are listed from north to south.

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1. Herman Kiefer Hospital

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1151 Taylor St
Detroit, MI 48202

This redevelopment of a former hospital complex in the Virginia Park ditrict could take a long time and a lot of money. Led by New York developer and architect Ron Castellano, the redevelopment covers 18 acres of the former hospital complex and could cost $143 million. Early plans could include a hotel and a skate park, and altogether, it could take up to eight years to complete. The developer has also purchased many blighted homes in the neighborhood.

Progress has been slow so far and no major work has taken place on the site yet.

2. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622
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In 2019, the MOCAD in Midtown launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to undertake a “top-to-bottom” renovation of the facility. Work will include revamping the outdoor space to add landscaping, a plaza, and a permanent stage for concerts, as well as creating a floor-to-ceiling window facing Woodward.

Redevelopment of the former Albert Kahn–designed car dealership is expected to be finished in 2021.

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3. Hotel Eddystone

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One of two Olympia redevelopments we’re somewhat confident will actually happen. The development arm of the Ilitch family has tended to sit on buildings rather than develop them in the so-called District Detroit.

After missing numerous development deadlines, Olympia finally agreed to development terms with the city for the Eddystone. The mixed-use project will cost an estimated $40.9 million, and in exchange, the city demanded a $33 million performance bond in case the project isn’t completed. Olympia has since begun securing the building and working on the facade. We’re still taking a wait-and-see approach, but at least there’s been progress.

A tall, vacant stone building in front of a cement parking lot. There’s graffiti around the first floor. Photo by Michelle Gerard

4. Detroit Building

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2210 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Redevelopment plans for the Park Avenue Building (also known as the Detroit Building), were announced in 2018. The $7 million to $10 million redevelopment included 75-100 apartments, plus ground-floor retail. Redevelopment was expected to start in 2019, though it’s unclear how much work has been done.

The building was in rough shape prior to exchanging hands—parts of the facade had fallen to the street and the building was designated as “dangerous” by the city.

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5. Women’s City Club Building

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2110 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

The other Ilitch-owned building that’s most likely to get redeveloped. In late 2019, Olympia announced a tenant for the historic Women’s City Club Building: Spaces, a global coworking company and subsidiary of Switzerland-based IWG plc, will lease approximately 47,000 square feet

The total renovation is expected to cost $25 million, though no completion date has been set.

The exterior of the Women’s City Club building in Detroit. The facade is red brick with multiple windows. Courtesy of Olympia Development

6. Leland Hotel

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400 Bagley Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2300
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Developers hoped to start work on a $130 million renovation of the Leland Hotel in fall 2018. Plans for 1927 building on the west side of downtown call for 340 affordable and market-rate apartments, ground-floor retail, and a 650-space parking deck.

The project originally had a March 2020 completion date, but it’s unclear how much work has been done so far.

The exterior of the Leland Hotel in Detroit. The facade is tan with arched windows on the ground level. There are trees in front of the building. Google Street View

7. Book Tower

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1260 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI

Bedrock bought the Italian Renaissance skyscraper in 2015. For the past two years, it’s been restoring the exterior of the 38-story building—power washing the brick and stone, replacing the 2,483 historically-accurate windows, and fixing up the cornice and caryatid statues.

Last year, Bedrock released renderings and redevelopment details: there will be retail, office, residential, and a high-end hotel. The $313 million project is now expected to finish in 2022.

8. Old Detroit Free Press Building

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321 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI

Bedrock purchased the old Detroit Free Press Building in 2016, which had been vacant since 2001. Construction on the $69 million redevelopment has been underway, though slow going—it was originally expected to finish in 2019.

Once done, expect ground floor retail, two floors of office space, and residential through the rest.

9. David Stott Building

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1150 Griswold St
Detroit, MI

Bedrock acquired the Capitol Park Art Deco skyscraper in 2015, after a Chinese investment group neglected it. 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 available for lease.

10. 511 Woodward

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511 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

In late 2019, Elia Group purchased 511 Woodward, sometimes called the “footstool” of the Guardian Building, from Wayne County for $4.65 million. The nearly 30,000-square-foot, four-story building has been vacant for over 20 years, and the redevelopment is expected to cost $10 million.

Capital One Café—a coffee shop, workspace, and bank branch—will occupy 7,000 square feet and two floors.

11. Marquette Building

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243 W Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 394-1154
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Redevelopment of one of Detroit’s oldest skyscrapers came to an abrupt halt in 2018 after auto supplier Adient, which had bought the building to house its headquarters, announced huge financial losses.

It was then bought by Detroit-based Sterling Group for $10 million and is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation. Most recently, the world’s largest advertising company, London-based WPP, announced that it will move up to 1,000 employees into the building.

A tall, rectangular brick building with awnings on the ground floor. Wikimedia Commons

12. Michigan Central Station

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2001 15th St
Detroit, MI 48216

It’s still almost hard to believe. In 2018, Ford bought and has begun redeveloping Michigan Central Station. Vacant for 30 years, Ford will use MCS as the centerpiece to its mobility-focused Corktown campus. Expect offices and residences in many floors of the train station, with retail and restaurants open to the public on the main level.

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1. Herman Kiefer Hospital

1151 Taylor St, Detroit, MI 48202

This redevelopment of a former hospital complex in the Virginia Park ditrict could take a long time and a lot of money. Led by New York developer and architect Ron Castellano, the redevelopment covers 18 acres of the former hospital complex and could cost $143 million. Early plans could include a hotel and a skate park, and altogether, it could take up to eight years to complete. The developer has also purchased many blighted homes in the neighborhood.

Progress has been slow so far and no major work has taken place on the site yet.

1151 Taylor St
Detroit, MI 48202

2. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
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In 2019, the MOCAD in Midtown launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to undertake a “top-to-bottom” renovation of the facility. Work will include revamping the outdoor space to add landscaping, a plaza, and a permanent stage for concerts, as well as creating a floor-to-ceiling window facing Woodward.

Redevelopment of the former Albert Kahn–designed car dealership is expected to be finished in 2021.

4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

3. Hotel Eddystone

Detroit, MI 48201
A tall, vacant stone building in front of a cement parking lot. There’s graffiti around the first floor. Photo by Michelle Gerard

One of two Olympia redevelopments we’re somewhat confident will actually happen. The development arm of the Ilitch family has tended to sit on buildings rather than develop them in the so-called District Detroit.

After missing numerous development deadlines, Olympia finally agreed to development terms with the city for the Eddystone. The mixed-use project will cost an estimated $40.9 million, and in exchange, the city demanded a $33 million performance bond in case the project isn’t completed. Olympia has since begun securing the building and working on the facade. We’re still taking a wait-and-see approach, but at least there’s been progress.

4. Detroit Building

2210 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Google Street View

Redevelopment plans for the Park Avenue Building (also known as the Detroit Building), were announced in 2018. The $7 million to $10 million redevelopment included 75-100 apartments, plus ground-floor retail. Redevelopment was expected to start in 2019, though it’s unclear how much work has been done.

The building was in rough shape prior to exchanging hands—parts of the facade had fallen to the street and the building was designated as “dangerous” by the city.

2210 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Women’s City Club Building

2110 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The exterior of the Women’s City Club building in Detroit. The facade is red brick with multiple windows. Courtesy of Olympia Development

The other Ilitch-owned building that’s most likely to get redeveloped. In late 2019, Olympia announced a tenant for the historic Women’s City Club Building: Spaces, a global coworking company and subsidiary of Switzerland-based IWG plc, will lease approximately 47,000 square feet

The total renovation is expected to cost $25 million, though no completion date has been set.

2110 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Leland Hotel

400 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
The exterior of the Leland Hotel in Detroit. The facade is tan with arched windows on the ground level. There are trees in front of the building. Google Street View

Developers hoped to start work on a $130 million renovation of the Leland Hotel in fall 2018. Plans for 1927 building on the west side of downtown call for 340 affordable and market-rate apartments, ground-floor retail, and a 650-space parking deck.

The project originally had a March 2020 completion date, but it’s unclear how much work has been done so far.

400 Bagley Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Book Tower

1260 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI

Bedrock bought the Italian Renaissance skyscraper in 2015. For the past two years, it’s been restoring the exterior of the 38-story building—power washing the brick and stone, replacing the 2,483 historically-accurate windows, and fixing up the cornice and caryatid statues.

Last year, Bedrock released renderings and redevelopment details: there will be retail, office, residential, and a high-end hotel. The $313 million project is now expected to finish in 2022.

1260 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI

8. Old Detroit Free Press Building

321 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI

Bedrock purchased the old Detroit Free Press Building in 2016, which had been vacant since 2001. Construction on the $69 million redevelopment has been underway, though slow going—it was originally expected to finish in 2019.

Once done, expect ground floor retail, two floors of office space, and residential through the rest.

321 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI

9. David Stott Building

1150 Griswold St, Detroit, MI

Bedrock acquired the Capitol Park Art Deco skyscraper in 2015, after a Chinese investment group neglected it. 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 available for lease.

1150 Griswold St
Detroit, MI

10. 511 Woodward

511 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

In late 2019, Elia Group purchased 511 Woodward, sometimes called the “footstool” of the Guardian Building, from Wayne County for $4.65 million. The nearly 30,000-square-foot, four-story building has been vacant for over 20 years, and the redevelopment is expected to cost $10 million.

Capital One Café—a coffee shop, workspace, and bank branch—will occupy 7,000 square feet and two floors.

511 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Marquette Building

243 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226
A tall, rectangular brick building with awnings on the ground floor. Wikimedia Commons

Redevelopment of one of Detroit’s oldest skyscrapers came to an abrupt halt in 2018 after auto supplier Adient, which had bought the building to house its headquarters, announced huge financial losses.

It was then bought by Detroit-based Sterling Group for $10 million and is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation. Most recently, the world’s largest advertising company, London-based WPP, announced that it will move up to 1,000 employees into the building.

243 W Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Michigan Central Station

2001 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216

It’s still almost hard to believe. In 2018, Ford bought and has begun redeveloping Michigan Central Station. Vacant for 30 years, Ford will use MCS as the centerpiece to its mobility-focused Corktown campus. Expect offices and residences in many floors of the train station, with retail and restaurants open to the public on the main level.

2001 15th St
Detroit, MI 48216