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Mapping Paradise Valley's Redevelopment

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After ten years in the making, the area known as Paradise Valley will see redevelopment over the next few years. It was once a thriving African-American cultural district, until the construction of freeways and urban renewal programs in the 60s destroyed much of Paradise Valley and Black Bottom. This new redevelopment around Harmonie Park will include building on parking lots,  a boutique hotel, more restaurants, building additions, and the creation of a cultural conservancy.

We recently sat down with Rainy Hamilton Jr. of Hamilton Anderson Associates, who built his practice in this area and is integral in this phase of redevelopment. He discussed his vision of the area, which would include creating a clean, beautiful, active district with music in the park and people living and working nearby.

Now on the verge of redevelopment, we're mapping out this changing cultural district and we'll update as we get new information. We included areas that were part of the announcement, plus other notable landmarks in the surrounding area.

A map posted by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has many of these points listed, plus possible future developments around the area. On the outskirts of Paradise Valley are many, many parking lots that could potentially see development in the future. For this phase of announced developments, it could take about three years.

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1. The Carr Center, future Harmonie Club Hotel

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The Harmonie Club building, home to the Carr Center, will turn into the Harmonie Club Hotel, a boutique hotel that should be done in 2018. Leading this development is Patricia Cole and Roger Basmajian. There will be a 25-30 room hotel on the first and second floors and the third floor will serve as a banquet area and performance space. It's not known yet where the Carr Center will relocate.

2. Hamilton Anderson

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1435 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226
The Hamilton Anderson Associates offices, which has been an anchor in this district, will expand and build on the lot next to it. The Detroit Seafood Market, which is part of the building, could also see an expansion. This renovation and expansion should start next year.

3. La Casa De La Habana Cigar Bar

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1502 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 285-8332
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Ismail Houmani, who owns La Casa de la Habana cigar shop at 1502 Randolph St, will reconfigure the top floors of this building for residential use.

4. The future Hastings Place

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1468 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Hiram Jackson and Paradise Valley Real Estate Holdings II plan to build Hastings Place, a new building on what is now three lots (for parking). Hastings Place will have 60 apartments, a parking deck, and retail space.

5. Harmonie Pointe

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1407 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226
The "gateway from Gratiot" as Dennis Archer Jr. said will be Harmonie Pointe. Archer and his group Gotham Capital Partners will redevelop 1407 and 1427 Randolph Street into a mixed-use development with restaurants and a jazz club, with offices on the upper floors.

6. Hemmeter Building

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1465 Centre St
Detroit, MI 48226
Outside of the bigger plan is the Hemmeter Building. Lear purchased the 7-story building on the corner of Centre and Grand River last year. They plan to renovate for a satellite HQ, but no timeline has been announced yet. Lear is just wrapping up their innovation center in Capitol Park.

7. 1452 Randolph Street

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1452 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226
This structure is owned by Paradise Valley Real Estate and currently has a map of the Paradise Valley redevelopment on the front. It sits between the future Hastings Place and the Hilton Garden Inn (and adjacent parking lot) .

8. Harmonie Park

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Harmonie Park has plenty of space for outdoor performances. The map by the DEGC has clear walkways connecting the different parts of Paradise Valley through the park.

9. Opera House Parking Center

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1426 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226
Parking decks will be a part of some of the redevelopment, but for now, there's the Detroit Opera House parking deck nearby.

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1. The Carr Center, future Harmonie Club Hotel

Detroit, MI 48226
The Harmonie Club building, home to the Carr Center, will turn into the Harmonie Club Hotel, a boutique hotel that should be done in 2018. Leading this development is Patricia Cole and Roger Basmajian. There will be a 25-30 room hotel on the first and second floors and the third floor will serve as a banquet area and performance space. It's not known yet where the Carr Center will relocate.

2. Hamilton Anderson

1435 Randolph St, Detroit, MI 48226
The Hamilton Anderson Associates offices, which has been an anchor in this district, will expand and build on the lot next to it. The Detroit Seafood Market, which is part of the building, could also see an expansion. This renovation and expansion should start next year.
1435 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. La Casa De La Habana Cigar Bar

1502 Randolph St, Detroit, MI 48226
Ismail Houmani, who owns La Casa de la Habana cigar shop at 1502 Randolph St, will reconfigure the top floors of this building for residential use.
1502 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. The future Hastings Place

1468 Randolph Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Hiram Jackson and Paradise Valley Real Estate Holdings II plan to build Hastings Place, a new building on what is now three lots (for parking). Hastings Place will have 60 apartments, a parking deck, and retail space.
1468 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Harmonie Pointe

1407 Randolph St, Detroit, MI 48226
The "gateway from Gratiot" as Dennis Archer Jr. said will be Harmonie Pointe. Archer and his group Gotham Capital Partners will redevelop 1407 and 1427 Randolph Street into a mixed-use development with restaurants and a jazz club, with offices on the upper floors.
1407 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Hemmeter Building

1465 Centre St, Detroit, MI 48226
Outside of the bigger plan is the Hemmeter Building. Lear purchased the 7-story building on the corner of Centre and Grand River last year. They plan to renovate for a satellite HQ, but no timeline has been announced yet. Lear is just wrapping up their innovation center in Capitol Park.
1465 Centre St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. 1452 Randolph Street

1452 Randolph Street, Detroit, MI 48226
This structure is owned by Paradise Valley Real Estate and currently has a map of the Paradise Valley redevelopment on the front. It sits between the future Hastings Place and the Hilton Garden Inn (and adjacent parking lot) .
1452 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Harmonie Park

Detroit, MI 48226
Harmonie Park has plenty of space for outdoor performances. The map by the DEGC has clear walkways connecting the different parts of Paradise Valley through the park.

9. Opera House Parking Center

1426 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Parking decks will be a part of some of the redevelopment, but for now, there's the Detroit Opera House parking deck nearby.
1426 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226