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Thejesus
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Post Number: 812
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With all the new development and renovation going on, I thought it would be cool to list all the projects in one thread that should be completed between now and the end of 2009...

I'll start...

1. MGM Grand/Greektown/Motor City Hotels & Casinos
2. South University Village
3. Rivard Plaza
4.

(Message edited by thejesus on March 31, 2007)
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Danny
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Post Number: 5709
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

5. Quicken Loans moving to Comerica Detroit Center Building

6. Rock Financial moving its HQ's to their new 80 story glass skyscraper building on the corner of Park and Washington Blvd.
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Thejesus
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Post Number: 813
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Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Let's try to keep it realistic...

an 80 story glass skyscraper is unlikely...
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Danny
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Post Number: 5711
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Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's just what Downtown Detroit needs. Instead of looking at the Great Depression era Downtown Detroit.
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Johnlodge
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Post Number: 330
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 3:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)





Yes, I just HATE looking at that. It's so depressing.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 483
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 4:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He means the bulidngs found in Parking Lot World in the Park Ave and Elizabeth st. neighborhood.
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Craig
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Post Number: 135
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 6:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

re: Campus Martius - I've heard that rink gets crowded, but I've never seen a crowd. A nice spot to be sure, but having built it I've not 'em seen coming in droves. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong time?

Prediction for '09... no viable downtown apparel retail until a lot more new residents are signed up. And at that I predict no high-end stuff either. Who would give up "The Boulevard" or Somerset to shop on Woodward? I believe that the best that can be hoped for is a viable "neighborhood" level of retail and services.
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B24liberator
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Post Number: 80
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 9:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What I fear is the current condition of the State's economy-- Many of the recent strides coming to completion/fruition now are the realization of plans hatched several years ago. I hope we're in nothing more than a brief downturn as the latest "bumps" being suffered by the manufacturing sector have yet to truly show on the "radar screen" let alone smooth themselves out. That's especially true of future grand projects like Danny's "80 story glass tower"... When things are perceived (economically) as "bad", even the best "planned plans" can get shelved-- I know.
I don't mean to be a sopping blanket, but I'm in the construction field-- And let me tell you, I can feel and hear the brakes screeching on our "economic engine," at least for the short term. It's all the things you've read about: Slumping home sales, fewer permits issued-- We've just moth-balled a second housing development (350 homes) just two months after mothballing a larger one. The site work is done (water, sewer)at both these places, had you asked me just two years earlier I would have told you that these sites were money in the bank, and on schedule to be done 2007/8... So maybe you can see if I'm not worried, I'm surely concerned ( my consumption of TUMS has increased).
I hope Detroit can manage to drive forward, and continues to buck the trend, as it seems to be doing currently. To finish, I'm truly amazed at the progress I've witnessed downtown-- It's the best I've seen since I was a kid, and the drive of you 20 to 30 something's with the passion for the old town makes this old graying bastard proud...
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2509
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like my view of the park better.

CM1
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Homer
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Post Number: 141
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

West Riverwalk progressing toward WG Blvd.ending at Matty Moroun Memorial Park from W. Fort down to Riverside Park after he is denied permission to Build 2nd span on the land he stole from the neighborhood. New publicly owned Bridge to Canada starting construction in Delray.
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Scs100
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Post Number: 667
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I second the construction of a new bridge in Delray.
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Bibs
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Post Number: 680
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Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

7.) Book Cadillac
8.) River Walk
9.) Fort Shelby Hotel??
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Scs100
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Post Number: 668
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

10) Possible David Whitney deal?
11) Broderick Tower construction/completion if financing is ever straightened out.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 497
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

12. Gateway Park Completion. (and hoping really, sucess)

(Message edited by Urbanize on March 31, 2007)
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Scs100
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Post Number: 669
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If they ever finish the construction on that interchange. :-)


(Message edited by SCS100 on March 31, 2007)
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Downtown_remix
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Post Number: 110
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

MOTOWN CAFE, inside motor city casino hotel
HOUSE OF BLUES,Woodward ave between the fox and the filmore theater(State)
700 unit condo development on uniroyal site almost done,
@water lofts complete
brush park projects complete
hudsons site under construction
25% increase in white population
17% increase in asian population
Corktown and woodbridge will be award winning re developments
55% increase in tourism
critical mass in greater downtown causes a flood of new merchants
rapid bus system is in place on all main arteries
amtrack permanent commuter rail from NEW CENTER to dearborn, airport, ann arbor
EASTER MARKET gains more retail, 5000 residents
Hooters opens on broadway
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Scs100
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Post Number: 674
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amtrak would need faster rail before that would be truly effective (the rails between Detroit and Dearborn suck), in my opinion. Nevertheless, I do hope for some form of commuter rail. Instead of rapid buses, I hope to see either streetcars or some form of extension of the people mover.
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Detroitstar
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Post Number: 565
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would like to see water taxi's link Belle Isle, Tri-Centennial SP, and the coming Port Authority.
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Detroitplanner
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Post Number: 1161
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Biggest problem in doing this sort of forecast is being reasonable in requests given that 2009 is only 20 months away and the City is still a mess financially.

The pedestrian link between the Riverfront and Eastern Market along the old railroad completed.

Trains, rapid buses, local buses, all working together and on schedule. The construction of light rail in areas where it can sustain service.

More development along the riverfront E of the Ren Cen.

Moderate improvements to Cobo to allow more square footage for the Auto Show. And a reasonable cost benefit analysis detailing what is feasible in the future and what is not.

New stores that serve the everyday needs of folks who live in Detroit. JC Penny is a good start, but we need more closer to where people actually live (not to discount Ferndale and Palmer Woods, but the fairgrounds have no population, and it ain't exactly easy to cross 8 or Woodward by foot.

Some progress from Kwame's neighborhood plans. I can see great potential in some of those areas to really stabilize the tax base.

More regional cooperation. If this means trading some of the water board, or reducing DDOT for a greater role in SMART in exchange for help dealing with the lumpen proletariat, then so be it.

Less politics on the school board. The agenda should be what is the best education we can provide the children for the amount of money we have?
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Toog05
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Post Number: 125
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 12:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well DetroitPlanner, that is why they are making 8 Mile and Woodward more pedestrian friendly.

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