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    Default UM to Partner with Gilbert on Innovation Center at Fail Jail Site

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/bu...it/2497898001/

    There had been speculation about this for a while. Stephen Ross is stepping up as well.

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    This will be great for the Gratiot corridor. I hope they work closely with MDOT to make sure their design works well with the removal of I-375.

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    It looks like a very speculative rendering. The main building they are focused on may be in the design process and going to look similar to that, but it is clear that they aren't exactly sure how they programing for the rest of the site is going to go. I hope whatever goes in is incredibly dense with a handful of 15-20 story buildings for residential.

    The biggest positives here is the presence that UofM will have downtown and the draw it will be as well as having Ross invested. He doesn't attach his name to just anything and will make sure that it is of the utmost quality and succeeds. Hopefully it is the first of many investments from him.

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    hopefully this project will get underway soon with local outreach for construction jobs, and hopefully the post-construction jobs will be plentiful.

    what would be involved in renovating 1300 Beaubien?

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    Billionaires Stephen Ross and Dan Gilbert plan to build a $300 million,190,000-square-foot innovation center for the University of Michigan along Gratiot Avenue between I-375 and St. Antoine Street, the site of Wayne County's failed jail project. The project will include an adjacent midrise residential tower, a business incubation center and conference center and hotel developed at the former Detroit police headquarters building at 1300 Beaubien St.
    From Crains https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-e...l-site-detroit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro25 View Post
    With Ross involved this will get done sooner rather than later.

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    flashy renderings from KPF for your enjoyment





    The planned Detroit Center for Innovation will feature a 190,000-square-foot research and graduate education building for UM students in automotive mobility, artificial intelligence, sustainability, cybersecurity, financial technology and other tech fields.

    "The whole idea of that is using (the innovation center) to get companies to relocate to Detroit and take advantage of the talent coming there," Ross said in an exclusive interview with Crain's.
    Blurb from UofM:
    https://detroit.umich.edu/news-stori...rt-of-detroit/
    Last edited by hybridy; October-30-19 at 09:23 AM.

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    I'm not so sure Ross being involved means it'll happen quickly since Hudson Yards took decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro25 View Post
    I'm not so sure Ross being involved means it'll happen quickly since Hudson Yards took decades.
    That's a different creature though. And this is a U of M development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro25 View Post
    I'm not so sure Ross being involved means it'll happen quickly since Hudson Yards took decades.
    I share skepticism that Ross being involved will move the needle one way or the other, but Hudson Yards is the largest private development in American history. But all three involved parties (U of M, Gilbert, Ross) have a good track record of executing on projects.

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    This image tells me that the only thing that has been fleshed out is the hub building on Gratiot. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the site is designed and what sort of height/density is implemented.

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    ^ I would think everything they currently mentioned would be built at around the same time. But also this would probably be an on-going project with additions over many years.

    I also don't think it's a coincidence that MDOT recently revealed more aggressive highway removal plans for this area. Gilbert, Ross and Whitmer are likely pushing it so they can have as much land as possible to develop this campus.

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    I'm not impressed with the rendering - it looks like someone took the Glass House and tried to push it over the long way. None of those involved ever do anything daring with their architecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by southen View Post
    It looks like a very speculative rendering. The main building they are focused on may be in the design process and going to look similar to that, but it is clear that they aren't exactly sure how they programing for the rest of the site is going to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro25 View Post
    ^ I would think everything they currently mentioned would be built at around the same time. But also this would probably be an on-going project with additions over many years.

    I also don't think it's a coincidence that MDOT recently revealed more aggressive highway removal plans for this area. Gilbert, Ross and Whitmer are likely pushing it so they can have as much land as possible to develop this campus.
    True, 375 advancement is going fast. The real estate perspective is fine, but regionally we do need more advanced businesses and I hope this center can produce the people to make it happen.

    Does anyone know where U of M currently is with technological education like high tech manufacturing, software, and robotics? Feels like they're going to need a heavy partner to lean on perhaps and I would guess Ross is good for the real estate part but not the education part. Though that's just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb336 View Post
    I'm not impressed with the rendering - it looks like someone took the Glass House and tried to push it over the long way. None of those involved ever do anything daring with their architecture.
    I suppose it depends on your definition of "daring" but I would certainly think that most people find Hudson Yards to be quite "daring" and that was a Stephen Ross, the driving force behind this, development.

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    The U of M owns the impressive Rackham Building in Detroit's Cultural
    Center. It had been leased to Wayne State but, I think, that lease is
    over. Will the U of M retain the Rackham Building or sell it? Do they
    need both the major new building on Gratiot and the very impressive
    Rackham building? There is something historically significant about
    the University of Michigan establishing a major campus close to the
    site when Father Richard and Judge Woodward founded the institution in 1815.

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