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Royce
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 1:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Wright Kay Building was on the auction block back in the fall. Has anyone heard about who bought it and what it sold for? Sadly, I drove by and the entrance way near the alley has been boarded up and windows on the upper floors have been broken like someone was taking target practice. This building is just too beautiful of a building to be destroyed by vandals or by neglect. Any updates?
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Royce
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^bump
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

what's the address of this? Did you check it on the Treasurer's website?
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's the building on the NE corner of Woodward and John R.

(Message edited by DetroitRise on March 24, 2009)
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok the address is 1500 Woodward. ON the treasurers site there are several possible owners but Detroit Downtown Properties seems to be the main one.

Saw one website that said it was severely dilapidated as of 2005.

Definitely a pretty building go.

Umm Maybe someone from Detroit could tell you more.
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Russix
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 9:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

what happened to the for sale sign and the 5 million dollar price tag?
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Suburbanbliss
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 9:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I went to a fantastic party at the Wright Kay building perhaps nine or ten years ago. The actual jewelry store still retained all the original paneling, lighting fixtures and several spectacular Victorian bronze display cabinets. These cabinets were the size of large pool tables!

Just prior to the upper floors being offered as "lofts" all of the fixtures were sold to a New York jewelry firm.

Once the building use was changed to a nightclub the destruction of much of the original ground floor through remodeling and careless vandalism began.

I returned again a couple years ago and the loft areas still seemed pretty intact. Lots of ornamental plasterwork remained. I always admired the large windows with the etching of the Wright Kay logo. Those were a lot like the windows on the upper floors of the J. L. Hudson Co. etched with JLH.

Many more times than not, the use of a retail building changing from its original intention to that of an entertainment venue spells the end for any historic rehab efforts. Hopefully someone can purchase and restore this beautiful old building.
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Bigjeff
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 9:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last I saw it was for sale for 1.9 million. Down from 2.5 million last summer!
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Suburbanbliss
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:04 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When it was for sale last summer the nightclub portion still had the bulk of a long term lease to ride out. At that time the club intended to stay. The only option was to buy them out of the lease or enjoy the upper floors and deal with a nasty dance bar downstairs bumpin' all weekend long.

This fact discouraged many interested buyers. Is that club still in operation? When we were looking at the building the sea of flyers on the sidewalk, broken windows, smashed liquor bottles and valet nonsense seemed too much to overcome. Couple that with Oslo's DJ weekend nights across John R and the location did not lend itself to many evenings of peace for that price.
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Ptero
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 6:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Neat building. I worked on it when Haberman's went in. mmm, early 80's? Most of what we did was on the 1st and 2nd floor - for the store. But the fun part was rebuilding the top floor corner balcony. Spent a summer there, taking the train in each day from Pontiac, down the Dequindre Cut.
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 9:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The building looks nice but $1.9 is still a lot of money for a Detroit investment. It could be economically impossible to lease it out profitably at anything near that price.

BigJeff who was the realtor?

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