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Amgasper01
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 1:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has anyone noticed that the one story building, on Gratiot between The Detroit Pub and the Cash City Pawn shop was torn down, seemingly overnight. Does anyone know if there is a plan for this site, or is it just becoming another surface lot? That building was such an eyesore, but so is the 15 foot hole in the ground sitting there right now...
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 1:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That wart of a building facing Brush St. near the DPM tracks?

That's one I won't miss. Hopefully that will make that block more prime for appropriate redevelopment facing Brush and Gratiot.
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Danindc
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 1:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, given the current state of the economy, they probably had to create more parking for Cash City.
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Rax
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 2:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I mentioned that 4 hours ago.

Anyway, I'll miss all the good times my Dad and I had at that Hot Sam's location. The new location has a much more suburban feel to it.
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Chris_rohn
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 2:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Compuware parking deck is anything but suburban.
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 2:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ahh yes Mackinaw, "more prime" for "appropriate development" Does everyone here have their heads in the sand? That will be a flat parking lot, forever....in a sea of the ugliest flat lots in the city.
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 3:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know it will be. And you're right.

I'm just saying, it would be easier to add a nice new building to that block now than before when the parcel had the awkward shape because of that one-story building. I don't expect anything anytime soon.
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Rax
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 3:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the architecure is very suburban. And the white box stores very unappealing for high end retail.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Ahh yes Mackinaw, "more prime" for "appropriate development" Does everyone here have their heads in the sand? That will be a flat parking lot, forever....in a sea of the ugliest flat lots in the city."

Guess again, Montcalm and Clifford are the ugliest flat lots in the city.
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Digitalvision
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 6:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I sorta see what you're saying, Rax - it's like it's designed to be seen from a distance, like a lot of the suburban towers.

However, that said, I think Compuware is probably the best place for retail right now. You have some clientele in the building, built-in parking (super key).

Unfortunately, G-man is probably right on that flat lot. At least I hope it becomes a decently fenced, landscaped flat lot. Since it's new construction, the city should enforce it's own rules if it indeed is going to be more parking. Surface parking sucks, but it's what people visiting want.

--rathole--

I know a few businesses that offer free - FREE garage parking, and suburbanites would much rather park on the street and pay for it themselves... then complain that their car might get broken into. If you went to the FREE garage, there is a lot less chance you're going to get broken into or the car stolen - but the logic of most people I've given up on in this region.

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