Restoration at Woodward and Baltimore in Detroit
ATWATER PARK COMING ONLINE »

FUN THINGS TO DO IN DETROIT »



Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 41
  1. #1

    Default Park Avenue Building

    With the great things happening at the Broderick,possibly the David Whitney, and who knows what at the UA, you never seem to hear much about the Park Avenue Building. Hopefully the forum with its wealth of knowledge can shed a little light on this often forgotten building. Whats the history? Who owns it? Any future plans?

  2. #2

    Default

    For the building's history, check out this link:
    http://www.detroit1701.org/Park%20Av...0Building.html

  3. #3

    Default

    I've walked past this building so many times and never really gave it a thought. It's quite a surprise nobody has stepped up to renovate this given its excellent location.

  4. #4

    Default

    Note: the dark buiilding to the left of the Park Ave. Building is a residence building run by the Milner Hotel people over on Centre near Harmony Park. That dark colored building used to be the theatre entrance to the former 2,950 seat Oriental (1927-30)/Downtown RKO (1930-50) Theatre. The auditorium was to the left along W. Adams and was destroyed in the early 1950s (just a parking lot today). The Chandeliers of the lobby (which still partly survives as a huge storage space on the left side of the extant building) are now found in the Redford Theatre.

  5. #5

    Default

    As long as we're in this neighborhood what is the status of the Detroit Life Building? One site "1701" says it's in condominium status and was rehabbed by Ilitch in 2009. Buildings of Detroit speaks differently. Anybody know?

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by szla View Post
    As long as we're in this neighborhood what is the status of the Detroit Life Building? One site "1701" says it's in condominium status and was rehabbed by Ilitch in 2009. Buildings of Detroit speaks differently. Anybody know?

    http://www.detroitlifebuilding.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Building

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellek23d/5932498276/

    Jury's out

  7. #7

    Default movie shot on adams @ park

    there was a movie written by sam raimi & the coen bros., it has bruce campbell in it too, called "crimewave", it has shot of the inside of the restaurant called the "rialto" that was in the park ave. bldg. it's showing on the encore channel this month http://www.locatetv.com/movie/crimewave#05-Sep-2011 it also has inside shot of the tuller hotel called the watchtower at the time

  8. #8

    Default

    Wasn't this an enormous hazard to enter or was that the immediate neighbour to the north, opposite Cliff Bells?

    And what' the blue box in the board?



    Payphone?? Stange place if it is.

    Some pictures without the green boarding.
    Last edited by Whitehouse; August-31-11 at 06:59 PM.

  9. #9

    Default

    After looking at these pictures, it almost sickens me to think how incredible it would have been to have had the Statler redeveloped along with the Whitney and Broderick. Thank the Lord we have that gravel lot......

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg19 View Post
    After looking at these pictures, it almost sickens me to think how incredible it would have been to have had the Statler redeveloped along with the Whitney and Broderick. Thank the Lord we have that gravel lot......
    And please don't forget Tuller.

  11. #11

    Default

    Does anyone know the address of the Park Avenue Building? It would be nice to know who the owner is and if they are paying taxes. Speaking of, someone really needs to report the owner of the Hotel Charlevoix next door at 2029 Park. If you do a Wayne County property tax search, they only pay $860.00 per year in property taxes. This enables them to keep slumming forever. See for yourself and search the property. Reminds me of the brilliant city council person JoAnn Watson tax cheat we all know and love who use to pay $68 in property taxes per year.

    http://www.waynecounty.com/treasurer_payonline.htm

  12. #12

    Default

    Some bad news being reported by The Detroit News...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...ing-demolition

  13. #13

    Default

    Good collection of photos or various buildings of the D. Looks like the site was done in the program Front Page though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitehouse View Post
    Last edited by Zacha341; August-15-14 at 09:59 AM.

  14. #14

  15. #15

    Default

    Mackinaw, thanks for the link.

    In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the comments section following the article. There is a broad consensus on the importance of preserving quality architecture of this scale in Detroit. This kind of wholesale destruction is careless and leads to more abandonment because history is erased here, not just a pile of stone.

    You look at the variety of industry and commerce when the city was kicking its heels early in the 20th C, and it is hard not to be in awe of the character of those who built this land of opportunity. Don't let it go to waste. Sign up!

  16. #16

    Default

    the Royal Palms (Park Avenue Hotel) looked like it was/is a pretty nice looking facade...

    any info on it?

    never mind... i see its a residential hotel now....
    Last edited by Ltdave; August-25-14 at 06:11 PM.

  17. #17

    Default

    The historic character of Grand Circus Park and Park Avenue will take another hit. Is there anyway that a campaign can be mounted to get a developer to re-develop the building? It doesn't seem far gone.

  18. #18

    Default

    Yeah, the petition I linked to should probably be directed to City Counsel and DDA, too. DEGC might as well take a look at it, too, though I realize their role is changing. I noticed that the Detroit Historic District Commission and Preservation Detroit both promoted the petition on their facebook pages, the former being kind of more intriguing since those are, I believe, mayoral appointees. I hope they are all speaking up.

    I feel this needs a bit more publicity BEFORE the upcoming hearing (later in September). I am disappointed that the Free Press or Crains has not analyzed the City Law Department's options (as I've written elsewhere, I think they can seize the property as blighted and then RFP just as easily as obtaining the order of demolition....both are seizures/takings that are lawful under the blight laws and constitutional limitations in this jurisdiction-- they are simply different policy approaches). If more people were aware that there was this third way between demo'ing and being stuck with the slumlord, I think a pretty strong consensus would build. Oh and what I wouldn't give for an editorial on this! While we're focused on just one building at the moment, this feels like a bit of a crossroads for ensuring that the central city has that continuity with the past which makes it so distinctive, particularly as it becomes repopulated and vital again.

  19. #19

    Default

    Anyone want to drop a mere $16,500,000? Adjacent parking included, since that pesky Hotel Charlevoix bit the dust.


    http://www.realestateone.com/homes/2...troit-MI-48226
    Last edited by DetroiterOnTheWestCoast; July-14-15 at 08:08 PM.

  20. #20

    Default

    $162 per square foot. What? Dan Gilbert spent only $160 per square foot to buy the Compuware Building. Must be some pretty good gold somewhere inside Park Avenue.

  21. #21

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by animatedmartian View Post
    $162 per square foot. What? Dan Gilbert spent only $160 per square foot to buy the Compuware Building. Must be some pretty good gold somewhere inside Park Avenue.
    Ha. Lets consider who the owner of the property is. I'm surprised he didn't price it to match Compuware or One Detroit Center.

    Other than that, this building absolutely has to be rehabbed, not demoed. GCP already looks like a meth head's smile. Losing the Park Ave building will just further decimate the area, no matter how much "investment" Illitch puts into his sea of parking behind it.

  22. #22

    Default

    What a joke. I feel like he would be lucky to get half of that considering the work it needs to undergo.

  23. #23

    Default

    The best possible outcome is an actual developer buys it. Ralph Sachs is a slumlord leech real estate speculator of the worst kind. This Albert Kahn tarnished gem doesn't belong in Ralph Sachs' filthy hands.
    Last edited by bust; July-15-15 at 04:51 PM.

  24. #24

    Default

    The city is probably on his case to do something with it which he is by listing it for sale,all he needs to do is put some unrealistic number on it to make sure it does not sell while he buys time.

    Not sure about the location location part based on the arena and development other then the arena itself everything else would be on speculation,that's a chunk of change on speculation.

  25. #25

    Default

    Sachs has also tried marketing the Park Ave as a triple net lease - whereby the renter would be responsible for bringing the building fully up to current building codes, while paying rent to the landlord in the amount of $8 per sq. ft.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Instagram
BEST ONLINE FORUM FOR
DETROIT-BASED DISCUSSION
DetroitYES Awarded BEST OF DETROIT 2015 - Detroit MetroTimes - Best Online Forum for Detroit-based Discussion 2015

ENJOY DETROITYES?


AND HAVE ADS REMOVED DETAILS »





Welcome to DetroitYES! Kindly Consider Turning Off Your Ad BlockingX
DetroitYES! is a free service that relies on revenue from ad display [regrettably] and donations. We notice that you are using an ad-blocking program that prevents us from earning revenue during your visit.
Ads are REMOVED for Members who donate to DetroitYES! [You must be logged in for ads to disappear]
DONATE HERE »
And have Ads removed.