Monday, December 30, 2013

Parking Wars II: Apostolopoulos Strikes Back

Andreas Apostolopoulos didn't his way with the Detroit Historic District Commission when he wanted to tear down the State Bank Building to build a parking garage for the Penobscot building, so he is taking it out on a terracotta building across from the Book Cadillac.

Curbed Detroit

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Bates Garage Demolition

The Bates Garage located at the corner of Monroe and Randolph was demolished in October. Here is a look at its final days.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Federal Reserve Remodel

Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services and the architecture firm ROSSETTI have begun overhauling the former Federal Reserve Building and annex. ROSSETTI plans to take over the fourth floor for its headquarters while converting the rest of the 176,000 square foot complex into retail and office space.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Andreas Apostolopoulos Tries Again to Demolish the State Savings Bank

Andreas Apostolopoulos of Triple Properties has applied to the Historic District Commission for permission to demolish the State Savings Bank on Fort Streetin order to build a parking garage.

This is the same Triple Properties that let the Pontiac Silverdome's roof collapse this past winter and has let the stadium rot ever since. This is also the same Triple Properties that also wants to buy the Wayne County jail site from the county in order to build a mixed-use development. That development would include a 25,000 seat soccer stadium because MLS does not want a team in Pontiac.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday August 14, 2013

Preservation Detroit - Save the State Savings Bank

Line to be drawn over State Savings Bank?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fail Jail on the Clock

A decision on what to do with Wayne County's financial albatross is expected next week.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Dan Gilbert's first new build within the city of Detroit is showing noticeable progress along the site's Broadway frontage. Curbed Detroit has speculated that Iron Chef Michael Symon has been targeted to open up a B Spot burger joint inside the Z.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Brush Park Hit List

Something that was overlooked within Detroit's bankruptcy filing was an attachment listing all properties that the city owns that pose an "Imminent and identifiable harm to the public health or safety." A few of the properties on the list are located in Brush Park.  The City has identified those properties as being "structurally unsound and in danger of collapse." The City goes on to state that the properties are "scheduled for demolition."

The properties in question are:
203 and 209 Erskine (Patterson Terrace)

229 Edmund Place (The Glover House)

2457 Beaubien Street (The Angela)

 2486 Beaubien Street

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hotel Charlevoix Demolished

Campus Martius Beach

5,000 square feet of sand and decking along with the Beach Bar and Grille have been added to the southeastern corner of Campus Martius, initializing Dan Glibert's effort to place-make in downtown Detroit.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tubes of Detroit Update

Detroit's latest tube is fully functional. A second Greektown funnel now bridges Monroe street connecting Greektown Casino to its new valet garage.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Crews are working at the Statler site to transform the area near Grand Circus Park into a Hong Kong street set for the filming of Transformers 4.  Cameras are scheduled to roll on June 19.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center

Demoliton work has begun on the largest section of the Globe Trading Company building as it begins its transformation into Michigan's Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center. The center will be the latest addition to the William Milliken State Park and Harbor when it is completed some time in 2014.

The complex was constructed in phases between 1892 and 1900. It served as the home of the Detroit Dry Dock Company, Dry Dock Engine Works and the Detroit Shipbuilding Company. The Boblo Island ferry boats St. Clair and Columbia were both constructed there, and a young Henry Ford worked at the engine works as an apprentice machinist.

Monday, June 03, 2013

New Wayne County Jail - Not So Fast

Word came out today that the Wayne County has initiated discussions with Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures, exploring the possibility of the company purchasing the new Wayne County Jail construction site from the county. This comes after the county has already spent over $100 million on the partially built jail.