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Gambling_man
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Post Number: 617
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Posted From: 199.178.193.5
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 7:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I did visit the as-yet unnamed replacement for the "Athens Bar" on Monroe St. in Greektown. I've got two words for this place: Sweet and Sweeter........very nice....will be kind of an upscale sports bar....Modern Looking, wood-covered walls, nice granite bar.....should be a cool place to watch a game or just relax with friends......anyone else with development updates?
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Erikd
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Post Number: 479
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 3:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The CVS on Woodward is almost done. (YAY CVS!)

The walls are painted, the carpet is in, and they are starting to put in the displays. It won't surprise me if they are open next week.

The building at 35 Grand River (behind Merchants Row) is getting a new storefront. The workers were starting to build a new facade today.

There are few new stores going into the Merchant's Apparrel building, one in the former Manhood space, and a Detroit-themed shop in one of the small storefronts.

There is much more going on, but most of it has been covered in recent threads.

Development-atcha!
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 432
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 8:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THE FINAL DRIVE: Detroit has just a few more weeks to put the finishing touches on its downtown renovations for the Super Bowl

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=2005601030375

My question is where will the city focus its downtown redevelopment projects next? How long will it wait before tackling downtown sections of corridors such as Michigan Ave., Grand River Ave., Fort St., Griswold, East Jefferson along the Riverfront area? What is the next move(s)? How will any plans for mass transit connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor play into it?
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Aiw
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 10:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think Erikd might have some pictures of the CVS too if you ask...
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Crew
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 10:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I can't wait to check out the trademark CVS carpet squares! Those things are NICE!
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Caseyc
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Post Number: 568
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 10:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's somewhat telling that the opening of a CVS, which dot other major cities' downtowns like pigeons, is cause for celebration....nevertheless, its definitely a very good thing, certainly for residents and workers downtown, and...also....for the whole Stupor Bowl "image" issue. The absence of a downtown drug store would have been difficult to explain to a visiting media hack looking for a quick CVS/Walgreen stop.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 319
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The map attached to the Freep Press page is nice. It shows many projects which will be completed AFTER the Super Bowl, which so many ppl feared wouldnt happen.

Also, it mentions the direction aids, which I thought maybe had been cancelled, since orignally they were supposed to be done by Dec. 1.

However, before there were going to be about a dozen "decorative kiosk poles" and now it is 30 "map and info features"...
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Wolverine
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm glad the "What never may get done" section isn't too long. Poor Whitney building.
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Merchantgander
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I still have hope that the Whitney building may get done in the next 5 years. It is in to good of a location to never be developed into something.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 323
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And the building is structurally fine, probably in the best shape of the ruins.

Maybe the updating that has been going on on the ground floor will spur some renovation
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 1:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They have a short steel structure (guaranteed to be the base of the directional signs) imbedded into the sidewalk at the corner of Monroe and Beaubian. Have no idea what the signs will say, however.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 325
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neat. How big is it??
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Crew
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 4:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

we'll let Manrooter answer that question.
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Bob
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 4:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One would assume that the owners of the Whitney Building will eventually do something with it. They sunk money into it a few years back on the roof and waterproofing the outside, and there is security on the inside.
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 5:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The structure itself is about 2.5 feet wide and about 3 feet tall. Sorry I don't have a shoe phone, or I would take a picture......It definitely seems that something goes on top of it.....Let Manrooter take a stab at that one.
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Jt1
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 5:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Let Manrooter take a stab at that one.




As said in Office Space, "Watch your corhole"
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Eric
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Post Number: 272
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Posted From: 69.136.144.196
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 12:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Park Apts on Adams now has scaffolding up I assume for facade work. Anything will be better than that gray 60's shit they have on there now

Looks like they're(boydell IIRC) working again on those half-finished loft projects in Capitol Park one of them next door to 35 Gd River
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2941
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Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 12:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Eric, are you talking about the base of the Park Apartments? Everything else on the facade seems to be intact.
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Eric
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Post Number: 273
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Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 3:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, the base is covered in scaffolding so I assume that is what they're gonna replace
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2944
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Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 4:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great! They need to strip that whole, ugly white panel off the front. I wonder what's beneath? I have never seen any old photos of that building.

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