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1953
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Post Number: 719
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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 5:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anyone know anything more about the following blurb from today's Crain's email alert?

"In Detroit, the MEGA board approved a plan for the city to capture $352,846 in state and local taxes to support the $2.4 million redevelopment of a long-vacant former print shop on Woodward Avenue next to the Bonstelle Theatre.

Developer PPM Acquisitions L.L.C. plans to gut and rebuild the 87-year-old building to house 32,000 square feet of retail space. Prospective tenants include a bank, fitness club, bookstore and offices, according to a state MEGA board briefing memo. The project is expected to create 23 jobs.

PPM is headed by George Nyman, a principal in the Troy real estate management firm Professional Property Management."
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Harsensis
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Post Number: 28
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It would be nice to clean up that block. I doesn't look good when your walking to the Bonstelle.
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Ptero
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Post Number: 21
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is that the building to the south of the Bonstelle? That was the Bonstelle and Hilberry scenery and props shops until the shops moved to 95 Hancock in the mid/late 70's. They occupied just about all of it, except the storefront which was Bush's Garden of Eating.

The print shop must have pre-dated Wayne's 1960's/70's occupation.(?) (Before occupying the old print shop, the theatre shops were under the stage in the Bonstelle itself.)

ptero, dragging scenery down the alley to the Bonstelle's stage loading door.
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623kraw
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Post Number: 841
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 4:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BonstelleStripMall.jpg
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 543
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 194.138.39.56
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 4:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I absolutely LOVE that building. When I take the dogs for a walk, I make two stops on Woodward. This one and the Yellow Art-deco building the block south of this, which is being converted into condo's. I am very happy to see this moving forward. This building has a very nice "Italian villa" sort of look and feel.
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Bobj
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Post Number: 577
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 8:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always loved that bldg too and hated to see it getting run down and vacant.

Great news about the renovation!
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Genesyxx
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Post Number: 461
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There used to be a building in development next to there.. some hotel. Anyone know what happened there?
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 521
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great news, but I'll reserve my excitment for when the scafolding goes up. I'm still waiting to see some visible signs of the renovation work to build the Crystal Lofts. That was supposed to start in December and be finished by late summer, according to Model D: www.modeldmedia.com/developmen tnews/crystallofts.aspx
I only see a large hole in the side of the building while driving by, which could mean work or could mean more deteroiation.

Also, what's up with the block on the west side of Woodward between Alexadrine and Seldon? Those storefronts look ripe for redevelopment and yet they just sit there. Are there any plans for them? Is the project just on Detroit time?
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1953
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Post Number: 721
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That building is awesome. I always wanted to city to give it to me. Maybe I should have asked. They seem keen on tax breaks for the current owners.
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 545
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, DetroitKev, what do you know about the Crystallofts?
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Jfried
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Post Number: 747
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've seen crews in and out of that building, but definitely not full time. The site was very active about a month and a half ago when they demolished the arts & crafts building for crystal loft parking.
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Detroitkev
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Post Number: 48
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 12:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Crystal Lofts will be ready within 9 months to a year. The late summer move in was unrealistic.
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Patrick
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

there was a thread on this...think there were some sweet pics..
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1953
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Post Number: 722
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Where are the Crystal lofts at again?
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Jt1
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just south of the building mentioned above. ON Woodward.
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 546
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 2:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Crystal lofts will be in that gorgeous yellow stone art deco building on the East side of Woodward, south of the Bonestelle. I'm anxious to see the progress on this building, because these places will be awesome.
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Gistok
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 3:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If I'm not mistaken, that yellow stone art deco facade was added during the 1930's Woodward Ave. widening when the more protusive front of the original building was removed (like they did with the Majestic Theatre's original Venetian Gothic front).
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1953
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Post Number: 723
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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great, thanks.

Is the westside of Woodward covered in nuclear waste? Why won't anyone build anything on the dirty gravel lots that burden the westside of the street and make Detroit look rural?

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