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Sg9018
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like the Broderick Tower website has been updated. The website now has floorplans and more information such as interactive maps and photos.
http://www.brodericktower.com/
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Wolverine
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, those units look slick. I dig the office shot with the arched window. Finally, they came out with the money shots.
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Shadesofbleu
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The scrollable map under "location" is beautiful. you can get a movable panoramic view with labels when you hover your mouse pointer over each building.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i wonder if they will ever open? I have noticed a huge increase in families moving into the Kales bldg.
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French777
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very Cool!! I like the 180 degree view! And it labels buildings and such!
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Shadesofbleu
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, he has that banner on the side, and the Leeland remodel is going nicely. With the Leeland, I think it was a good idea to hire a good management company, require all employees to live in the building, and turn all the hotel rooms into market rate apartments. We will be moving in there to get a better feel for the area and establish work before we buy a house in the immediate area.

It looks like young Higgins is finally growing up, sniffle.

It also looks like it might be a mix of rentals and condos, on the Broderick web site.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too bad the economy and housing market suck. I pray to Gabriel Richard that it happens.
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Dcmorrison12
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I HAVE to live there!!! woo.. gotta get a job first
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Ljbad89
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope that this project gets completed. I'm still in college and I plan to move downtown after I graduate. While I would move into Kales or the lofts of Merchant Row, I'd much prefer the Broderick if the price is right. Look at that view! I wonder when the new expected completion date is. Before the site was updated, it was early 2010. I doubt they can gut the place and clean it up in a year.
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Urbanfisherman
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 7:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Best part of all is that ridiculous whale mural isn't represented on the website!
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Norwalk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 7:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Best part of all is that ridiculous whale mural isn't represented on the website!"

Huh? you prefer the ads over art??? ok
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Benfield
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 7:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Huh? you prefer the ads over art??? ok



I would argue that mural is little more than an advertisement for Wyland's commercial merchandise. He's like an aquatic Thomas Kinkade.
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hmm, new website...maybe he got some stimulus money haha.

I'd take it as a good sign but last time I saw the building it look more unsecured and had more blown-out windows than ever before.
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Norwalk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It did't work. Wyland I've never heard of Verizon yes!!
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6nois
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very nice web site. If only construction starts soon. I got a good laugh about the part in history where it mentions how the building has been "preserved" for redevelopment since the closing in the 1980's. That was a good one. I also like how the renderings didn't remove the building that fell down next the the the tower that was supposed to be a part of the project.
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Saintme
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Huh? you prefer the ads over art??? ok



That whale mural looks like something you would find on the cover of a trapper keeper from the early 90's.
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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damn, those two- and three-story penthouses ROCK.
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6nois
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Correct that saintme I am pretty sure I had a trapper keeper with that whale mural on it. LOL. I love trapper keepers they are the birth of OCD for an entire generation. None the less you may be able to call it "pop art".
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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 9:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great website design too, by the talented Dave Paris.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"That whale mural looks like something you would find on the cover of a trapper keeper from the early 90's"

Hahahahahaha. I like the whale mural, but that has gotta be one of the funniest things I've ever heard.
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Gmich99
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 9:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm impressed
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321brian
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Monica Conyors doesn't like it. The people on the website don't look like her.

Seriously, it looks nice but I'll believe it when I see it.

I also think it would be nice if some of these these sold for around $100 ft2.

Is the Book Cadillac even %50 sold?
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Hudkina
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love that website! Maybe I can afford 5C.;)
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Wolverine
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"That whale mural looks like something you would find on the cover of a trapper keeper from the early 90's."

Best thing I've heard all weekend
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Royce
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 5:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Extremely nice website. I really like the interactive aspect. Also, the pictures of downtown are beautiful.
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Buzzman0077
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 11:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I really hope they are going through with this for real this time I would love to live there if given the chance. The website looks much better this time around.
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Scooter2k7
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks great, but lets be honest, this will NEVER happen! This building will sit empty for another 20 years!
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Detroitbob48209
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll believe it when I see moving vans pull up. I'm still waiting for the Farwell Bldg to be completed! ;>)
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Heedus
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

While I am cautiously optimistic about this project going forward, I think that the new website (especially it being this nice) offers some real hope that the renovation will take place.

IMO, a redevelopment of the Broderick Tower could be almost as important as the redevelopment of the Book Cadillac. Yes, I understand that the WBC redevelopment was monumental. Nevertheless, a Broderick Tower redevelopment could be nearly as significant as the WBC because of its location on Woodward (w/potentially M1-Rail coming on-line around the same time), its proximity to CoPa, and its visibility from many vantage points within the city. When I bring many of my friends (either out-of-towners or suburbanites) downtown for a Tigers' game or for a late-night delicious chicken shawarma at Bucharest, they almost always inevitably ask about the Broderick and if any redevelopment plans are under way for that building.

Let's continue to keep our fingers crossed on this one.
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Heedus
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also, speaking of new apartments in the City, does anyone know how the Fort-Shelby apartments are doing?
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Deandub11
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

just out of curiosity, why would higgins spend the time/money to update the website if he has absolutely no intentions of moving forward with the renovation?


www.DetroitArmy.com
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

keep the city off has back perhaps?

I can't imagine they are too pleased with his empty building falling down on woodward, scaffolding sitting their doing nothing, and the joke of a bar in the ground floor that is a mess, with the Final Four folks coming.
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French777
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 4:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I didn't realize that he also owns the Farewell Building and the Leeland Hotel

All properties are quite a mess. . .
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Benfield
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 6:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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just out of curiosity, why would higgins spend the time/money to update the website if he has absolutely no intentions of moving forward with the renovation?



Because he's an idiot.
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East_detroit
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 7:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Higgins = Motown Construction Partners??
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E_hemingway
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 7:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's a lot cheaper to update a website than to actually doing any sort of substantial work on the Broderick Tower. Helps keep judges off your back, too.
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Dcmorrison12
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 8:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think it will happen. I've contacted the them through the website, and although this could just be what they are saying, they did say it was going to happen - even with the recession hitting so hard.
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Detroitbob48209
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 8:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Higgins no longer owns the Farwell...I think it's city owned, but I'm not sure.
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Deandub11
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 10:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't know the history, so my question is why is the city on his back in the first place? Who is he placating to by updating the website and why?



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E_hemingway
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 11:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A few years ago Detroit in essence reformed its blight court so it could go after slum lords more effectively. I think this was shortly before the Super Bowl. Higgins was one of the people they were applying pressure on to the point a judge basically told him to do something with the Farwell and Broderick or sell them. About that time is when the redevelopment signs and websites began to appear. Higgins even talked his way into getting approval for the advertising over the whale mural so the money could be used to help facilitate the rehabilitation. No actual renovation work has ever been done even though those banners have been up there for years. If there is a silver lining to this situation its that at least our tax dollars aren't being used to level this building for a handful of parking spaces.
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Fho
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is indeed a very well designed site. I noticed many of the bedrooms in the smaller units are not along the exterior and have no windows at all. Is that unusual in high rise living? I would find it rather stifling.
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Wolverine
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm assuming the walls don't completely reach the ceiling and act more like partitions like in a loft unit to meet code.
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Mauser765
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 7:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Monica Conyors doesn't like it. The people on the website don't look like her."

You know, those renderings of the two views of the building ARE filled with crowds of the whitest people I have ever seen. They must have grabbed the "Downtown Troy" stock photo CD when they were inserting shmoos in the renders..

lol
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Mauser765
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lol

Hey - that building fell down, are they going to rebuild it ?
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Mallory
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's a nice website anyway.
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Thejesus
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

LOL did they ever clean up that building that collapsed? I recall that the rubble was sitting there for a really long time.

The way the city responds to this stuff, it won't belong before we have this...



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Gravitymachine
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

when they start updating the building, lets talk
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Why is the city on his back in the first place?"

Because it's a giant empty building sitting in a most prominent location.

I won't criticize putting all the white people on the website from the obvious PC standpoint, but honestly it can't be good for business if potential minority residents are put off by that shameless marketing tactic. Let's just hope people want to live there so bad that they see beyond the developer's small-mindedness.
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Busterwmu
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I must say, the website looks good.

Skippers rule, me thinks.

When I see the work start (and completed), then I'll believe it!
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Gumby
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Nice "Idiocracy" screen shot The Jesus.
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Big_baby_jebus
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I'll take 33-S please
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 4:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

B_b_j... is that the southern Broderick penthouse?

Then your view would be like DYES poster Ryan Southen's awesome view from the 33rd floor corner balcony (there's 4 small corner balconies on this floor, only balconies available in the building)...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/s outhen/127755604/

Check out some of his other Broderick Tower views... AWESOME!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/s outhen/tags/brodericktower/
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Big_baby_jebus
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 4:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^^^^^^^^^

Yep that would be the one.

I'm familiar with this view as well, nice shots though

http://onlyndetroit.com/html/d ecay/ond-0010brodericktower.ht m
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Gistok
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sadly they did a horrible renovation of the top way back when... removed the cornices and the "Chippendale Highboy" style top of the building.
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Kryptonite
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thejesus, for god's sake, smoke coming out of smokestacks indicates factories OPERATING. duh. :-)

Personally I would love to see the Broderick happen, but if Higgins is involved with it I won't hold my breath. The building has been vacant as long as I have lived here, since 1980.
Does anyone actually know of a development project that he has ever completed?
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Skippy313
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To the one who asked. Fort Shelby apartments are done and being leased out.
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Heedus
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Skippy313, thanks for the response.

Actually, though, I was wondering if many of them have been leased. They look beautiful. I just didn't know if they were a little too upscale for the current economic environment.

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