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1953
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 4:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There are new signs on the United Artists Building and Milner Hotel.

The UA sign announces a "premier development opportunity" on five acres of historic Grand Circus Park frontage, while the Milner signage is a spiffy new hotel sign on the part of the building formerly covered by the Madison Lennox.
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Jt1
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

The UA sign announces a "premier development opportunity" on five acres of historic Grand Circus Park frontage




Could this be paraphrased: We are tearing the schitt down?
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 5:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If someone could get a photo of the new Milner and post it that would be great.
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Tetsua
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 5:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Photo is on the link on the bottom

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5/63412.html?1137012699
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 5:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If any of you find yourselves in the area of those signs, be on the lookout for lightning bolts.
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Hornwrecker
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 5:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I cleaned it up a bit in PS, the lettering wasn't clear.

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Lmichigan
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 6:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They are doing two things. First, they are covering up an obvioulsy abandoned building for the Superbowl. And, secondly, it's a great advertising piece for those looking to redevelop or tear down and develop anew. They seem to be testing the waters. No prominent developer/redeveloper can now say "well, I didn't know they were selling."
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Gistok
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Illitch's don't own the whole Tuller/UA block. A small parking lot directly in front of that sign is not owned by them. Neither is the back corner on Adams/Clifford away from GCP. Those two parcels of the block are owned by a certain Harold Shapiro of Bloomfield Hills. And as someone who posted a 1930's map of downtown showed, those 2 parcels have been vacant since at least the 1930's.
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Hornwrecker
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 6:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's the parking lot scene in the 30s for the west GCP.


GCP Parking 30s

green for surface
blue for garage
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Michael
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 7:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Funny, one of the workers who put up the UA sign came by a job site I was working on today to visit someone he knew. As he was leaving, a few of us commented about the sign and he said that he had been contracted to install 200 pipe signs and then to take them down after 1 month. I guess these signs are just temporary window dressing, unlike the Statler awnings.
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Eric
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Temporary signs? I don't like the sound of that this looks like Super Bowl stunt to me. It'll be intresting to see how this plays out

(Message edited by eric on January 11, 2006)
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Jt1
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Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 10:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The bitch about them being temporary is that Ilitch will get praised for trying to do somethingby the local media. Once the signs come down and the properties continue to rot or get turned into falt lots he will not receive the bad press that should come with it.

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