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Chris_rohn
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Post Number: 142
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 11:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

FERNDALE GETS LOFTS: Trendy urban lifestyle to spread in tall way to popular Detroit suburb

December 7, 2005

BY JOHN GALLAGHER
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER


Artist's rendering of the Woodward Avenue Lofts shows the development towering over the street.

Home shoppers looking for an urban lifestyle but who shy away from hot spots like Royal Oak, Birmingham or downtown Detroit will soon have a new option in Ferndale...

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051207/BUSINESS04/512070350
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Jt1
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Post Number: 6162
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 11:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like the copied the Ellington and made a few minor changes.
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Tetsua
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 11:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's exactly what I thought when I first saw it.
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 367
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's still nice for Ferndale. And with the GLB community center practically around the corner... I don't expect to hear about a ton of these kinds of developments in Ferndale, but good for them.

What's for parking, anyway?
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Jt1
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 12:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Development and density in Ferndale is much better for Detroit than development on 50 mile road.

Good to see this stuff happening there.
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Steelworker
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 3:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I live around the corner from this development. there has been a discussion on this topic before. I like this new development over what is there now. Ive hear od new lofts going up in downtown ferndale behind "Q" also there is loft going up on 9mile across the street from the large credit union near police station.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 4:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This looks like a very attractive building. Catering to the home owners who need to downsize, but who can stay close to their neighborhood, is a novel idea. Most cities have done this for hundreds of years.

Single private houses in Ferndale have appreciated alot. This equity can be spent on multi-housing, on the bus line, and close to stores and services such as Woodward Avenue.

For the Woodward Cruise, residents can rent out their lofts to some yokel with a '55 Chevy from Ky., and take a handsome vacation without having to endure that dreadful week. (which is always a fucking hassle for locals.)

jjaba, tells it like it tis.
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Upinottawa
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 4:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This looks good for Ferndale, good for Detroit and good for the Metro area. Also more people living steps from Woodward would help support a Woodward mass transit line.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 4:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

True, imagine a highspeed rail corridor from Downtown Detroit to Pontiac.

You could get to a ballgame or the theater and in your seat in 15 minutes, and not have to pay some bum $20 to park the SUV.
jjaba
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 428
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 10:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, so much for Gordon Plemon's gas station and the truck rental lot. That would put it on the next block south of what used to be Higgins and/or Belcastro Pontiac, wouldn't it?

doug
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Reetz12
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 10:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They should line up woodward from Ferndale all the way down to the ellington with these style of lofts. There is a lot of vacant/abandoned land along that route. More Lofts!
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 1:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diversity in housing would be much better.

This is heartening to see. I just can't wait for the impending boom of the Woodward corridor. Who knows how long it is down the road? But I have faith that it is coming.
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Danny
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 2:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

More Gay lofts for Gaydale HAH!
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Genesyxx
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

(sigh)
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Bostedguy
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 11:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kiss me, Danny. You know you want to.
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Gistok
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 11:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If there ever was "gay bashing in the nicest way possible"... it would be Danny! :-)

God bless him anyway!
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Ferndaleguy76
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 4:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Steelworker: You got it right. In addition to these lofts, there are two other known developments in the works. One's right behind me on the Southeast corner of Troy and Allen (downtown). And the other's behind Como's on the Northeast corner of Nine Mile and Bermuda. How exciting for Ferndale!
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L_b_patterson
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 9:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

expect charter one to be the next one to go.........
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Chub
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 9:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good for Ferndale! Looks great.
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 438
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 12:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Someone answer a question for me, please. In looking at a map of Ferndale (I couldn't remember where Bermuda St. was) I saw a "historical museum" on the southwest corner of 9 and Livernois. Question...
....there used to be a little grocery store there, then the alley, the Canadian Legion hall, the American Legion hall, then the Fire Station. What exsists between 9 Mile and the fire station now, and is the Memorial Park still there?
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Blessyouboys
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 12:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Doug,

Everything you mentioned is still there and hasn't changed. Joe's Party Store just got a fancy orange color facelift. But you forgot to mention Ferndale's little "historical museum" between the fire station and American Legion.

The Memorial Park (blvd. of Livernois) is still there and has been really updated in the past 3 or so years (I believe a Ferndale resident has a veterans fund for the park). It now has two impressive stone statues and added brickwork.
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 439
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 9:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you. I've got a picture around here of me in my Boy Scout uniform performing honor guard duties at the flagpole on Memorial Day, 1964.

For your help, Blessyouboys, I'll spring for a milkshake at the Lincoln Soda Grill (unless you'd rather the Happy Clown), then Ray Croton's for dinner. OK?
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Blessyouboys
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You're welcome Doug

But I can't really relate to the second part, nor do I have an idea what you're talking about.

I'm afraid all you mentioned is well before my time...(born in '83, over here in the Dale).
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 440
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 7:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too old for my own good.

The Lincoln Soda Grill and Ray Croton's Supper Club both used to be on Nine Mile across the street from what was Lincoln High School (torn down and replaced by a grocery store). On the NE corner of 9 and Livernois was the school, NW the school parking lot, SW, the afformentioned party store, and SE, a Standard station. The Soda Grill was next to the Standard station, Croton's on the corner of 9 and Farmdale.

I'll get my cane out and hobble home now......
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Blessyouboys
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Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 2:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's a bit of an update for you Doug.

LHS lot is still the grocery store (Ferndale Foods).

West of Livernois/LHS lot is a strip mall (went up in early 90s, Blockbuster/Pizza/Chinese Food/Laundry Mat)

Standard Station: Doctor's offices (newer construction I think)
Soda Grill: Now a large remodled photography studio (past few years, was a resale store before Ferndale's "resurgence").

Croton's at 9/Farmdale was "Jerry's?" when I was growing up; in the last few years its been Ethiopian Cuisine "The Blue Nile."

Thanks for the history by the way. (Grew up on Albany btwn. Farmdale/Allen)

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