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The QLINE starts running May 12.
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Michelle & Chris Gerard

10 projects set to transform Detroit

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The QLINE starts running May 12.
| Michelle & Chris Gerard

There are development projects and then there are transformational projects - those that change how we live, work, play, and get around our city. Detroit's landscape is changing every day, hopefully for the better, maybe not always. We've mapped out ten specific projects - either in progress or planned - that we think will be transformational to their neighborhoods at least, and possibly the city as a whole.

We chose projects ranging from the M-1 rail that will open in May, to a new bridge to Canada that will start construction and open sometime in the next decade, to the new development of the Hudson's site - with the tallest building in Detroit planned to open in 2020. Disagree with one of them? Did we forget something? Our comments are open!

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1. Little Caesars Arena

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The future home of the Red Wings and the Pistons is well on its way to being completed by September. But it's not just the arena, of course. The entire area around is is being built up, and Chris Ilitch has recently said they had more than 50 projects in the works. This should include residential, parking, retail, a hotel, the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and the Little Caesars Headquarters. That's a lot of Hot 'n Readys.
Via Truss Photos Courtesy Rob Kohn/The District Detroit

2. Hudson's Site

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1208 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
Dan Gilbert and Bedrock plan to start construction on the tallest building in Detroit (by a few feet) later this year, to be completed in 2020. The development will include 1.2 million square feet; a nine story “podium” with mixed use, commercial, office, technology, arts and culture space; 250 residential units; and three stories below grade featuring additional commercial space and 700 parking spaces.
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3. M-1 Rail

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The QLINE will start running along Woodward on May 12. The M-1 rail has been anticipated for years and now the cars are showing up and testing has started. Property prices have risen along the Woodward corridor in recent years - will people use the rail? Or will it be the People Mover 2.0?

4. Tiger Stadium/Corktown

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2121 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216
Two big projects are happening in Corktown over the next few years. First, the old Tiger Stadium will be transformed into the PAL Headquarters, with a baseball field, and residential will be added at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Across Trumbull, the Checker Cab building will be converted to lofts, and more residential will be built on the five blocks behind. Elton Park will add 150+ rental units plus retail to Corktown.

5. Brush Park Historic District

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Edmund Pl.
Detroit, MI 48201
For so long, many thought Brush Park was an afterthought, but mansions are being restored, property prices are rising, and so many more residential units will be built over the next few years. The Scott at Brush Park was completed last year, adding a high end apartment building to the neighborhood. Bedrock is starting work on City Modern, adding 400 new residential units, including apartments, condos, and townhouses, to vacant lots. We'll see quite the mix of old and new in the coming years.

6. Gordie Howe International Bridge

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Delray
Detroit, MI 48209
More talk has been happening around the Gordie Howe Bridge lately, but the 2020 completion date doesn't look realistic anymore. According to the Free Press, Windsor has done quite a bit to prepare for the bridge. Will Michigan catch up, and what will its impact be on the Delray neighborhood?

7. State Fair Grounds

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Developers want to have plans ready this year, and that could include more green space, including bike paths and urban gardens. There’s also a multiplex theater, band shell, and still-vague retail and residential. Don't hold your breath; this one could take a while.

8. Capitol Park

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State St. & Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Blink and you miss another announcement in Capitol Park. In the upcoming years, look forward to the renovation of the Farwell Building and the David Stott Building. Micro apartments are rising and will be ready this summer. Two new, very modern residential buildings are in the works in the coming years. It should be one of the most vibrant areas downtown soon.
Michelle & Chris Gerard

9. Fitzgerald Redevelopment

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W 7 Mile Rd & Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
The Fitzgerald neighborhood will see over 100 homes renovated over the next few years, with greenways and parks, plus vacant lots activated. Century Partners and the Platform are leading this ambitious project.

10. East Riverfront

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Chene St & Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207
The Riverfront is already a popular destination in Detroit - in the coming years, expect redevelopment of vacant warehouses and land, increased residential and retail, streetscapes along Jefferson, a new greenway, an urban beach, and eventually the Riverwalk extending to Belle Isle.
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

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1. Little Caesars Arena

Detroit, MI 48226
Via Truss Photos Courtesy Rob Kohn/The District Detroit
The future home of the Red Wings and the Pistons is well on its way to being completed by September. But it's not just the arena, of course. The entire area around is is being built up, and Chris Ilitch has recently said they had more than 50 projects in the works. This should include residential, parking, retail, a hotel, the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and the Little Caesars Headquarters. That's a lot of Hot 'n Readys.

2. Hudson's Site

1208 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Bedrock
Dan Gilbert and Bedrock plan to start construction on the tallest building in Detroit (by a few feet) later this year, to be completed in 2020. The development will include 1.2 million square feet; a nine story “podium” with mixed use, commercial, office, technology, arts and culture space; 250 residential units; and three stories below grade featuring additional commercial space and 700 parking spaces.
1208 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

3. M-1 Rail

Detroit, MI
The QLINE will start running along Woodward on May 12. The M-1 rail has been anticipated for years and now the cars are showing up and testing has started. Property prices have risen along the Woodward corridor in recent years - will people use the rail? Or will it be the People Mover 2.0?

4. Tiger Stadium/Corktown

2121 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48216
Two big projects are happening in Corktown over the next few years. First, the old Tiger Stadium will be transformed into the PAL Headquarters, with a baseball field, and residential will be added at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Across Trumbull, the Checker Cab building will be converted to lofts, and more residential will be built on the five blocks behind. Elton Park will add 150+ rental units plus retail to Corktown.
2121 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Brush Park Historic District

Edmund Pl., Detroit, MI 48201
For so long, many thought Brush Park was an afterthought, but mansions are being restored, property prices are rising, and so many more residential units will be built over the next few years. The Scott at Brush Park was completed last year, adding a high end apartment building to the neighborhood. Bedrock is starting work on City Modern, adding 400 new residential units, including apartments, condos, and townhouses, to vacant lots. We'll see quite the mix of old and new in the coming years.
Edmund Pl.
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Gordie Howe International Bridge

Delray, Detroit, MI 48209
More talk has been happening around the Gordie Howe Bridge lately, but the 2020 completion date doesn't look realistic anymore. According to the Free Press, Windsor has done quite a bit to prepare for the bridge. Will Michigan catch up, and what will its impact be on the Delray neighborhood?
Delray
Detroit, MI 48209

7. State Fair Grounds

Woodward and 8 Mile, Detroit MI
Developers want to have plans ready this year, and that could include more green space, including bike paths and urban gardens. There’s also a multiplex theater, band shell, and still-vague retail and residential. Don't hold your breath; this one could take a while.

8. Capitol Park

State St. & Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226
Michelle & Chris Gerard
Blink and you miss another announcement in Capitol Park. In the upcoming years, look forward to the renovation of the Farwell Building and the David Stott Building. Micro apartments are rising and will be ready this summer. Two new, very modern residential buildings are in the works in the coming years. It should be one of the most vibrant areas downtown soon.
State St. & Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Fitzgerald Redevelopment

W 7 Mile Rd & Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
The Fitzgerald neighborhood will see over 100 homes renovated over the next few years, with greenways and parks, plus vacant lots activated. Century Partners and the Platform are leading this ambitious project.
W 7 Mile Rd & Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

10. East Riverfront

Chene St & Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
The Riverfront is already a popular destination in Detroit - in the coming years, expect redevelopment of vacant warehouses and land, increased residential and retail, streetscapes along Jefferson, a new greenway, an urban beach, and eventually the Riverwalk extending to Belle Isle.
Chene St & Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207