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Observant2art
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 11-2005
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Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 7:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe I have missed some threads regarding this building. Last this building was used was when MGM Grand First began their hiring processes for all departments. I was one of the people that went through the process. Anyway is there any info regarding redevelopment of this beautiful building?
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Rakkus
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Post Number: 10
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 12:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is owned by Charles Becker of Omnipoint Communication/S MW/Becker Ventures in Troy. There are alot of offers to renovate it into lofts and condos but he's not selling. Maybe he makes enough money on the People Mover stop at GCP??
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Zelda
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Post Number: 23
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 12:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've noticed some recent activity on the ground floor of the Whitney building. Does anyone know if they are planning to re-open the retail spaces temporarily for the Super Bowl or if they are more just more securely sealing it up?
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The_aram
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Post Number: 4497
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 12:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last I heard ESPN was going to use the lobby for its Super Bowl broadcasts.
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1363
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 12:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The_aram wins the prize, plus it is part of the retail readiness program. Half the buildings are being worked and have signs advertising this initiative.
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Rsa
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Post Number: 680
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 12:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

becker ventures could not obtain a c of o for the whitney building, therefore the lobby will not be used for anything during the superbowl. ESPN has since found a new location in downtown, however i cannot say where.

the whitney building is utilizing the facade improvement program to restore and renovate the storefronts on both the woodward and park sides (not sure about the washington side). aia detroit/michigan already held a drawing for architects to each "decorate" a storefront with the theme of "detroit's future." this will not be advertising; purely artistic. the fyfe building is also participating in this program.

keep an eye out for RSA's (RockStArchitect) firm's storefront coming january. :-)
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1365
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 1:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rsa if they cannot have retail why do they have the retail readiness poster up, is this for after the superbowl.
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Atl_runner
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 1:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sounds like Becker was a little late to the party. Too bad, so sad.
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Rsa
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

technically, it is retail ready right now. anybody who would sign a lease would have to go through the permit process for any type of renovations. in the mean time, becker would be able to upgrade (if needed) the plumbing, electrical, etc. and turn the heat back on. but without a income producing tenant, there is little incentive for them to upgrade the building/spend the money to get the c of o for a one week party. it is possible for this to happen in time for the superbowl, however it is unlikely. also keep in mind that they could upgrade the retail spaces isolated from the lobby.
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Bibs
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Post Number: 425
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 2:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Saw new awning on the Fyfe Bldg. "ProoF" is embossed on the blue awning and it appears that a new restaurant called Proof - tabas bar will be opening in the space formerly occupied by Sibley shoes.
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Quickdrawmcgraw
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Post Number: 23
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 7:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too bad the Whitney Building never materialized as an Embassy Suites. Would have been cool for the hotel guests. Does Grand Circus Park have a CDC? Tired of seeing all of those surface parking lots.
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Royce
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Post Number: 1344
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Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 7:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What is a c of o?
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The_aram
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Post Number: 4548
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Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 7:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Certificate of Occupancy, I think.
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Commodore64
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Post Number: 177
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Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 10:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you guys look, there is some action going on there. The first floor looks like its getting cleaned out. I have no idea whats going in there but I bet got everything taken care of.
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Llyn
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Post Number: 1276
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Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 2:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm guessing it's probably part of the superbowl cleanup rather new development of the building. Some of the storefronts were getting displays put up during the superbowl period. (I wish it was something more. Feel free to prove me wrong!)

"Certificate of Occupancy, I think."

Correct. You cannot use a building for residency or office or retail in any way without one. Although I'm told by a couple contractors that the GM Rencen has been operating on a temporary one ever since its opening. They just keep renewing it. Something about the way the bulding is that the city doesn't like... I don't remember what...
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Bob
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Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And the city is getting money from the state and feds to reconstruct the DPM GCP station so it is separate from the Whitney Building and ADA compliant.
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Gistok
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Post Number: 1602
Registered: 08-2004
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Posted on Monday, December 12, 2005 - 2:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

.... which means it will have to have an outside elevator, and make the facade of the David Whitney Building facing GCP look "not so nice".

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