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Erikd
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Post Number: 851
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I haven't posted a DDU recently, because there has been a number of ongoing threads, with some great pics, tracking the progress of the casino, Book Cadillac, and Griswold projects.

In addition to these huge development projects, progress continues on a number of smaller developments around downtown:

Over the last few months, Au Bon Pain and the YMCA have both opened their second downtown locations in the RenCen. Eph McNally's has also added a second Detroit location, on Woodward near C-Mart.

The most recent addition to downtown Detroit is a nice grocery market located in the Riverfront Towers complex. The "Signature Market" is accessible from the DPM, they are open from 7am to 10pm Mon-Sat, and they are also open on Sunday.

It is a small market, with a more 'upscale' flavor, but they offer some very nice prepared dishes, pasta salads, and soups, in addition to a selection of deli meats and cheeses. On my first visit, I was pleased to find a nice selection of hummus and gourmet salsa in the deli section. They certainly don't have the vast selection that you will find in Eastern Market, but it is a nice option for downtown grocery shopping after work.
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I'm not sure when Asian Village is scheduled to open, but it should be very soon. This place looks very nice, and they even have the tables and chairs moved in. This will be a great addition to the downtown riverfront.

Interior work has started on Shield's Pizza in the Kales Building, and Salad Creations in the 1001 Woodward garage.

At Grand River and Broadway, the future home of Mezzanine is really starting to take shape. The interior renovations and new lighting look great from the street, and I can't wait to see the store when it is done.

Development-atcha!
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Mind_field
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the update ErikD! It is amazing watching downtown thrive and transform into the kind of place it was always destined to be. Imagine what the domino effect for downtown will be when (if) the Quicken Loans development comes to fruition. The kind of retail we will see will be a welcome sight.

I took a friend who has his reservations about the city downtown last weekend and I love making converts out of Detroit doubters. It really is simple. You have to be so blind, stubborn, or anti-city to not be cognizant of the positive changes downtown.

(Message edited by mind field on April 27, 2007)
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French777
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 6:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do you think that without Compuware and Erst and Young Building in campus martius that maybe that area would not have been as nice??
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Mind_field
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 7:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^Gee, ya think?
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French777
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 7:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

o sorry my point was so if Quicken/Rock go somewhere else that maybe that area will be spurred with shopping resturants ect.
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Ndavies
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Really, no shit, I had been wondering why everyone was so excited about the possibility of Rock moving downtown.

\sarcasm
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Urbanize
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Do you think that without Compuware and Erst and Young Building in campus martius that maybe that area would not have been as nice??"

If Quicken built on the lot next to Cadillac tower, it would be perfect. Will give Campus Martius the slogan "Land of Rebirth".
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Detroitbill
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the update Eric, I agree with your comments regarding Mezzanine, was walking by early eve Monday and it looks great, the outside lighting is eye catching,,hope it makes it..
I had a friend from Bham with me on Sunday who hates the city ( hasn't come downtown for two years) and even she commented that it was beginning to look "user friendly" and it was "nice to see all the restaurants with people in them" and " I think I will bring my mother down soon to eat". I was shocked considering the source..
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Hairybackjoe
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had heard (from a small blurb in Crain's Detroit) that Asian Village SHOULD be ready by June. It seems they had a problem paying the bills and the contractors are refusing to budge until they see some coin.
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Think that the contractors are union?
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 7:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Think that that old stereotype matters much?
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 8:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Only if they are...
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Stephenvb
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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 9:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When it comes to Owners/Developers not paying the bills, it doesn't matter if the Contractor is open or closed shop. Would you work without getting paid?

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