First tenants sign on for Complex444, Detroit Shipping Co.’s neighboring development
The roster includes apparel brands Good Boy Clothing, which was founded in Flint, and Warren-based Ferosh Chick, along with Casa De Fleur, a floral arrangement shop from Southwest Detroit, and Redford-based artisanal chocolate company, Guilt Chocolates.
“We are extremely excited to add (these companies),” Jon Hartzell, founding partner of Detroit Rising Development, said in a press release. “Detroit Shipping Co. was born from small businesses building a space together, so adding this diverse group of entrepreneurs next door allows us to build on those principles and create a special destination together in Cass Corridor.”
Complex444, which was announced last August, will be partly constructed from shipping containers, like its neighbor, and offer 21,900 square feet of small retail and office space for local businesses throughout Michigan, with rents starting at $1,500 a month. It will also include a liquor shop, where patrons can enjoy cocktails, instead of an originally planned brewery.
Hartzell said the financing and planning process for the project was not interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and construction is expected to begin in mid-July.
“We started the project almost a year and half ago,” he said. “That allowed us to not be hindered on the finance side.”
The marketing campaign was halted during the lockdown, but the company is now promoting the project, and everyone involved, on its social media. And the development’s leasing team is in the process of signing on more commercial tenants in the near future, Hartzell added.
Complex444 will be a companion to Detroit Shipping Co., a restaurant hub and event space that opened in June 2018, with an outdoor area set to connect the two buildings, both of which were designed by Hartzell.
Detroit Shipping Co., which suffered revenue losses of around $350,000 during the shutdown despite offering carryout and curbside pickup, is set to reopen for dining on Friday. While the building’s food hall will not have indoor seating or bar service, guests can receive food and cocktail service at curbside tables.
The hardest component of reopening for the only two participating restaurants, Brujo Tacos & Tapas and Coop, an Asian-Caribbean chicken-focused food spot, has been staffing, especially with getting everyone back to work in short notice, said Hartzell, whose company, Detroit Rising, owns Detroit Shipping Co.
Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on June 11, 2020. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
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