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    Default Midtown Development Updates

    Good amount of information in this new Freep article, including updates on the following:

    1. Bonstelle Hotel
    2. The Mid
    3. SoMa
    4. Movie Theater
    5. Orchestra Place

    https://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...it/2213220001/

    Intersting that West Elm is out. I thought that would have been a great fit in that location.

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    We'll see. I try to be an optimist, but pretty much all those projects have had delays (some for very long periods of time). I'll believe most of them when workers are actually on site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetroitSoldier View Post
    Good amount of information in this new Freep article, including updates on the following:

    1. Bonstelle Hotel
    2. The Mid
    3. SoMa
    4. Movie Theater
    5. Orchestra Place

    https://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...it/2213220001/

    Intersting that West Elm is out. I thought that would have been a great fit in that location.
    Agreed. Though I wonder if Gilbert courted them to put their hotel in the Book Tower, which would allow them to have some retail space inside.

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    Most of the info in that article isnít new. Kind of disappointing.

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    So the "SoMa" project is just a parking garage and renovation of an existing building. It says it "could" include additional development in the future.

    Also, I still consider it an outrage that Woodward didn't get a road diet when it was rebuilt. Have you noticed how ground-floor shops there don't do well? Maybe the 8 lane highway and narrow sidewalks have something to do with it?

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    Today's Free Press Business Section has a big lead article on this:

    MIDTOWN DEVELOPMENT
    COMING ATTRACTIONS
    Hotels, a movie theater and more to fill long vacant gaps along Woodward Avenue

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    A VACANT LOT WILL DISAPPEAR IN MIDTOWN THIS FALL!

    Another development announced in Midtown recently is an office and retail building made of shipping containers to be built on a vacant/parking lot adjacent to the shipping container-constructed food hall and event space, Detroit Shipping Company.


    https://detroit.curbed.com/2019/8/30...erboro-midtown

    The 3-story, $6 million structure will feature the following:

    -21,000 square feet of total space

    -
    up to 16 “micro-retail” tenants and a cafe on the first floor

    -private office space on the 2nd floor

    -a large office tenant on the 3rd floor

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    This new building and Detroit Shipping Company will be connected by an outdoor space that may allow patrons to walk between them carrying an alcoholic beverage. The developer also said that one tenant in the new building may be a brewery or brewpub

    -Construction should start by November



    I LOVE THIS QUOTE FROM THE PROJECT DEVELOPER:

    “To build a sustainable community, we need more than just places to eat and drink,” Jon Hartzell, founding partner of
    Detroit Rising Development
    , said in a release. “A neighborhood needs places to shop, places to work and places to live. 444 addresses the first two of those.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSortzi View Post
    Most of the info in that article isnít new. Kind of disappointing.
    Agreed that the months/years delay for these projects (except for the Mid which is pretty recent) is frustrating and concerning. The article didnít really allay concerns for those projects. Fingers crossed for the Mid though. Transformational is an overused adjective for real estate development but a project of that scale ($300 million) in Midtown would really fit that description. This project dwarfs the others under discussion. A successful commitment of that kind of capital would be a catalyst for all kinds of additional development in the Woodward Midtown corridor and justify the (relatively small) public investment in the QLine.

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    The Bonstelle Theatre (former West Elm Hotel) project was announced in 2018, so it is of recent vintage. I hope they find another hotel chain, because that is one of the more exciting and unique projects planned for Midtown.

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