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Developer envisions massive tower for former Joe Louis Arena site

A developer has put forth a conceptual design for a massive tower with 500 apartments to be built on the site of the demolished Joe Louis Arena. Detroit-based Sterling Group, which owns the former arena site, submitted a conceptual site plan to the city in July showing a 25-story, 290-foot-tall residential tower called The Louis where the old Red Wings arena […]

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Redevelopment of former North Towne Square Mall to bring 500 new manufacturing jobs

City officials on Thursday announced the long-vacant former North Towne Square Mall property will soon be redeveloped into Toledo’s latest industrial park, a move Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said will bring at least 500 well-paying, advanced manufacturing jobs to the community. Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development intends to spend $70 million to build two industrial buildings totaling […]

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Northville to clear psych hospital property, repurpose for ‘active recreation’

The site of a former state psychiatric hospital in Northville Township will be cleared and redeveloped as an “active recreation site,” after township trustees approved a $12 million bond sale to fund the work, the township announced Tuesday. The bond funding will pay for the removal or relocation of the remaining 11 buildings on the 332-acre site, […]

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Shunned by shoppers and squeezed by online retail, iconic Detroit malls to get new lives

Eastland Center and Northland Center malls opened in the 1950s to the fanfare of Metro Detroiters looking for a suburban shopping experience. Decades and the internet later, both sites face different futures. Eastland on Vernier Road in Harper Woods will close in January, and an industrial facility will be built in its place. The former […]

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Southfield sells Northland mall property for $11.1M

After entertaining a number of interested parties, the city of Southfield has finally inked an $11.1 million deal with Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Cos. for a majority of the 114-acre former Northland Center property. The signing of the deal, which was announced July 29, came shortly after the city received approval of a $26 million Michigan […]

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Developers unveil details for $250M, 30-acre Muskegon lakefront site

Luxury condos, a marina, restaurant, event space and expanded public trails are part of a $250 million vision to transform 30 acres of Muskegon waterfront property. Developer Ryan Leestma and his wife, Emily Leestma, unveiled details of their plans for the Adelaide Point project on Wednesday alongside their development team, city officials and environmental advocates. […]

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Redevelopment of key property bridging Midtown and downtown sought by Muskegon officials

A building at a key location near Muskegon’s downtown could revert to its historic look through mixed-use redevelopment being sought by city officials. The city-owned building on Third Street had housed offices of Catholic Charities West Michigan, which recently moved to new facilities in the city. The property includes vacant lots on which the city […]

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West Mich. redevelopment projects awarded $4.6M in state brownfield funding

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy recently awarded $4.6 million in brownfield grants and loans to five redevelopment projects on contaminated properties in West and Southwest Michigan. The developments are among the 21 that the agency has funded for environmental remediation this summer totaling $15.6 million. The projects that recently received funding […]

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Blake Family of Companies puts $1 million into redevelopment, new venue

The Blake Family of Companies on Tuesday announced the completion of a $1 million redevelopment project that gives the brand a new, expanded multi-purpose, year-round retail and entertainment venue. Blake’s Backyard, located at 5600 Van Dyke Ave. in Almont, is open daily and features a 10,000 square foot taproom that offers Blake’s Hard Cider, beer […]

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Northland mall sale closes; redeveloper plans to build housing, commercial space

The City of Southfield finalized the sale Thursday of the abandoned Northland Center mall to a private developer who plans to demolish big portions of the old shopping mall, save some of it and build new housing and commercial space. Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Companies closed on the $11.1 million purchase agreement for the 97-acre site and the money is sitting […]

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Eastland Center developer also aims to develop GM’s Warren Transmission Plant site

The developer who earlier Thursday confirmed its plans to tear down the Eastland Center mall in Harper Woods is also attempting to buy and redevelop General Motors Co.‘s idled Warren Transmission Plant, Crain’s has learned. Riverside, Mo.-based developer Northpoint Development LLC has the 123-acre site at 23500 Mound Road under contract to purchase, with the deal expected to […]

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Rosie O’Grady’s owner closes bar with plans to redevelop popular Ferndale site

The owner of Rosie O’Grady’s, a popular downtown Ferndale bar and restaurant, closed the establishment over the weekend and aims to redevelop the property in the city’s central business district. In a Saturday evening post on Facebook, the restaurant owners said the establishment would be closing for good, and said “staffing shortages” were “in part” […]

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GR, Wyoming, Kentwood seek development opportunities along South Division corridor

Planning officials in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming hope a nearly completed study will help spur redevelopment along South Division Avenue after a highly touted bus rapid transit project failed to deliver on its economic development promises. Involving local residents and community leaders to share their vision for the future was a key aspect to […]

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Elder-Beerman, Sears redevelopment unlikely for now, city official says

Fifteen months ago the city of Toledo soundly rejected tax abatements that would have helped a California firm redevelop the former Elder-Beerman property on Secor Road. It appears the once-popular department store will remain vacant for the foreseeable future because tearing it down and erecting new retail space on the site is not economically feasible […]

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Parade Co. gets the OK to buy long-vacant Brodhead Armory to turn it into new HQ

The Detroit City Council approved the sale of the R. Thornton Brodhead Naval Armory to the Parade Co. on Tuesday, paving the way for the nonprofit behind Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade to turn the long-vacant building into its new headquarters. At a meeting Tuesday the council approved amending the city’s Master Plan to make way for any redevelopment of the site […]

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City of Holland seeking developers for decommissioned power plant site

The city of Holland is seeking statements of qualifications from developers interested in redeveloping a 17-acre property owned by the Holland Board of Public Works located on the Lake Macatawa waterfront in downtown Holland and currently home to the decommissioned James De Young power plant. The site presents an opportunity to develop a large-scale, regional […]

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Toledo area reinventing itself, one factory at a time

Less than a month ago, the city of Toledo formally took title to a parcel of land at 1110 Hastings Ave. — the final piece in its long-sought acquisition of the former Champion Spark Plug plant on Upton Avenue. The Champion property has been vacant and undeveloped for more than 20 years. The acquisition, however, […]

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Land Bank to replace Spitzer Building roof, commission feasibility study for redevelopment

The Lucas County Land Bank is commissioning a feasibility study of the historic downtown Spitzer and Nicholas buildings to see if and how they can be redeveloped. The land bank’s board at a special meeting on Wednesday authorized a payment of up to $100,000 to Cleveland-based Sandvick Architects to conduct the assessment. David Mann, the […]

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Marijuana businesses to revive former Monroe outlet site

For the last five years or so, the only growth one could find at the Monroe Factory Shops on LaPlaisance Road in Monroe Charter Township was the overgrown weeds springing up from cracks and seams along its neglected walkways. Once a thriving retail mecca originally called Manufacturers Market Place, the few remaining retailers at the […]

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RH submits new plans for site in Birmingham

RH, also known as Restoration Hardware, has submitted a preliminary site plan, special land use permit request and a community impact study for a new four-story mixed use building at the southwest corner of S. Old Woodward and Brown streets in Birmingham, which is on the city planning board’s Wednesday, March 24, agenda. The preliminary […]

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Toledo officials hope to position former North Towne Square Mall for redevelopment

Toledo officials hope to position former North Towne Square Mall for redevelopment

City officials are moving to reposition the former North Towne Square Mall property for redevelopment in their latest move to get vacant city-owned land back into productive use. The North Toledo site has been vacant for 16 years, and 11 years ago the city took ownership of the former shopping mall so that it could […]

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Herman Kiefer developer touts site for innovation hub, medical technology complex

Herman Kiefer developer touts site for innovation hub, medical technology complex

A developer for the former Herman Kiefer hospital site is marketing the sprawling grounds for a potential innovation hub, garment manufacturing or medical technology complex. Ron Castellano, managing member of Herman Kiefer Development LLC, on Thursday shared his vision for a “commercial, job-generating campus” across the 11 buildings on the 860,000-square-foot site. During an annual update on […]

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Southfield City Council to discuss sale of vacant Northland mall for $11M

Southfield City Council to discuss sale of vacant Northland mall for $11M

The Southfield City Council is expected Monday to discuss a proposal for the sale of the former Northland Center for $11 million to a Bloomfield Hills company that plans to redevelop it into apartments, restaurants and retail space. The sale to Contour Companies of Bloomfield Hills is expected to be finalized in January and construction is […]

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UAW-GM riverfront training center sold, to be renamed ‘The Icon’

UAW-GM riverfront training center sold, to be renamed ‘The Icon’

After getting caught up in a federal investigation into union corruption, the training center along the Detroit riverfront jointly owned by General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers has been sold to two developers and will be renamed “The Icon.” The sale of the 420,000-square-foot building on 18 acres at 200 Walker to a […]

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Park Inn restoration plan on track

Park Inn restoration plan on track

A $64.5 million plan to restore the 15-story Park Inn hotel downtown, expand and renovate the adjacent SeaGate Convention Centre, and tear down the nearby former Hotel Seagate is proceeding on schedule with construction activity likely before the month ends. “Everything’s very close to getting moving. I expect you’ll see some demolition there in the […]

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Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority recently received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a brownfield work plan that will include $228,939 in state tax capture reimbursement for the Leonard Development project. The Business Journal previously reported Leonard Development Partners LLC will construct a three-story, mixed-use building on the site where three vacant commercial properties were recently demolished. The […]

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Development at former Woodville Mall site taking shape

Development at former Woodville Mall site taking shape

A once-thriving area of Northwood is destined for a rebirth after several years of stagnation. The city is working with Bowling Green-based Reveille, a planning and economic development agency, to bring a mixed-use development to 120 acres formerly occupied by the Woodville Mall. Plans call for office space, smaller commercial buildings and retail, and housing […]

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Lincoln’s Former Headquarters in Detroit Being Redeveloped, MEDC Approves Multiple Deals

Lincoln’s Former Headquarters in Detroit Being Redeveloped, MEDC Approves Multiple Deals

The former Lincoln Motor Co. headquarters in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit will be made into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. This project and more were approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Today’s MSF approvals demonstrate the significant role we play in restoring Michigan’s economic recovery, […]

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Wyoming reopens Ideal Park after $1.8 million redevelopment

Wyoming reopens Ideal Park after $1.8 million redevelopment

The city of Wyoming announced the grand reopening of Ideal Park. The reopening of the nearly 100-year-old park comes after severe weather-related damage in 2014 caused by a tornado and subsequent flooding events caused delays in reconstruction. With an investment of over $1.8 million, Ideal Park, 5843 Crippen Ave SW, features improved parking and enhanced […]

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City of Rochester Hills Recognized as Redevelopment Ready Community

City of Rochester Hills Recognized as Redevelopment Ready Community

For their efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Rochester Hills has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today. Rochester Hills joins 44 other Michigan communities in all corners of the state which have qualified as […]

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Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

The retail landscape continues to shift in the U.S. and a pair of properties in northwest Ohio provide an interesting juxtaposition. After a decade of conjecture and stalled plans, the former Southwyck Mall site in Toledo is being transformed into an Amazon delivery station, which city officials consider a monumental victory. There is more positive […]

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Former French Quarter hotel to be razed, site redeveloped

Former French Quarter hotel to be razed, site redeveloped

A Toledo-area real estate firm announced Friday that the Holiday Inn French Quarter will be demolished and replaced with a multi-phase, mixed-use commercial center under the name of French Quarter Square. River Rock Property Group, LLC issued a news release Friday saying it has completed the purchase of the former Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg Township. […]

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Company plans to redevelop former cereal factory in downtown Battle Creek

Company plans to redevelop former cereal factory in downtown Battle Creek

A shuttered cereal factory in Battle Creek could be getting new life after officials from the company that purchased it said they want to join the efforts in revitalizing the city’s downtown. New Mill Capital, a company that specializes in redeveloping closed manufacturing plants, purchased the 450,000 square foot building on South McCamly Street from […]

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Plans underway to replace mobile home park on Cass Lake with luxury apartments

Plans underway to replace mobile home park on Cass Lake with luxury apartments

A post-World War II mobile home park in Keego Harbor may be replaced with a luxury apartment complex. Within about two years, Ara Darakjian and his Birmingham-based Tir Equities LLC hopes to begin construction on the 5.33-acre site on Orchard Lake Road overlooking Cass Lake in the tiny Oakland County community nestled between Sylvan Lake […]

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Lakeside Mall sold to developer with plans beyond retail

Lakeside Mall sold to developer with plans beyond retail

Lakeside Mall has been sold to a Miami group that says it will add other uses beyond shopping to revive the Sterling Heights shopping center, according to Sterling Heights city officials. The deal on the struggling mall was completed Tuesday. The mall’s previous owner, General Growth Properties Inc., defaulted on its $144 million mortgage, Sterling Heights officials said. Earlier this year, Lord […]

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Mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon gets $1.5 million in state funding

Mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon gets $1.5 million in state funding

The state of Michigan is providing funding assistance for a new mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon. The Michigan Strategic Fund voted Tuesday to award Sweetwater Development Partners LLC financial assistance in the amount of $1.5 million through the Michigan Community Revitalization Program. The request supports an $8.9 million project that includes a six-story mixed-use building called […]

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Redevelopment coming to former Elder-Beerman, Sisters of Notre Dame properties

Redevelopment coming to former Elder-Beerman, Sisters of Notre Dame properties

New businesses are being proposed at currently vacant sites along Secor Road. The largest proposed development would come to the former Elder-Beerman department store location at 3301 Secor Road, which closed in July, 2018, after parent firm Bon-Ton Stores went bankrupt. The closure left a 154,000-square-foot, two-story building empty. According to Toledo Plan Commission documents, […]

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Holistic Industries to build $20 million medical marijuana grow, retail facility in Madison Heights

Holistic Industries to build $20 million medical marijuana grow, retail facility in Madison Heights

A Washington, D.C.-area cannabis company, Holistic Industries, plans to build a $20 million Michigan headquarters in Madison Heights. The company aims to redevelop the vacant former Fairlanes Bowling hall property near 12 Mile Road and I-75, according to a news release, and build a 65,000-square-foot medical marijuana center for growing, processing and retail. It expects […]

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Former Flint Delphi site being readied for redevelopment

Former Flint Delphi site being readied for redevelopment

A $36,000 state grant is being used to promote new development at Flint’s former Delphi Flint East property, a part of nearly a half-million in grants supporting the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce programs focused on economic and community growth. The site readiness program grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will help get […]

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Monroe to purchase former La-Z-Boy headquarters, plans to redevelop site

Monroe to purchase former La-Z-Boy headquarters, plans to redevelop site

La-Z-Boy Inc. has sold its former headquarters and surrounding 26 acres to the city of Monroe, which plans to demolish the buildings next year and then redevelop the area into housing and retail stores. The sale was announced Friday and is the first step by Monroe to implement a “subarea” plan developed in March. La-Z-Boy, […]

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Wayne County approves $40 million development deal for former Pinnacle race course

Wayne County approves $40 million development deal for former Pinnacle race course

Wayne County’s Commission on Thursday unanimously signed off on a $40 million development deal for the shuttered Pinnacle race track. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Texas-based Hillwood Enterprises L.P. is acquiring the Pinnacle Aeropark Property from the county for about $4.9 million. The company, founded by Ross Perot Jr., is expected to develop the […]

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LivWell Michigan to Open Cannabis Cultivation, Processing Facility in Warren

LivWell Michigan to Open Cannabis Cultivation, Processing Facility in Warren

LivWell Michigan, a licensee of Colorado-based LivWell Holdings, will lease a 156,000-square-foot industrial space in Warren where it will operate a licensed cannabis cultivation and processing facility upon completion of redevelopment. The property was purchased for $19 million by and leased to LivWell by San Diego’s Innovative Industrial Properties. LivWell is expected to invest up […]

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Amazon eyes Silverdome site for distribution center; 1,500 jobs expected, officials say

Amazon eyes Silverdome site for distribution center; 1,500 jobs expected, officials say

Tech giant Amazon sent shock waves throughout Pontiac when news broke of the expected development of the Silverdome site into a distribution center as part of a $250 million project that would bring 1,500 jobs. The first steps in the plans to develop the 127-acre site were discussed during a Pontiac Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday night. The commission […]

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Demolition of Kmart HQ remains a possibility for new development

Demolition of Kmart HQ remains a possibility for new development

Some concepts for any redevelopment of the former Kmart Corp. headquarters in Troy still involve tearing it down. However, nothing is firmed up and any redevelopment of the existing 1.1 million-square-foot, long-vacant behemoth or new development on the 40 acres on which it sits are easily years out. In general, it’s been a high-octane recovery […]

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UT moves forward with plan to sell its Scott Park campus

UT moves forward with plan to sell its Scott Park campus

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees is progressing with plans to sell Scott Park campus and recently approved a resolution to begin the process of securing state approval. The university will need permission from the General Assembly to transfer the property. State agencies typically need such approval because property is owned by the state […]

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Book Tower restoration to feature hotel, retail, office space

Book Tower restoration to feature hotel, retail, office space

Bedrock plans to bring the iconic Book Tower back to life with a mix of residential, hotel, retail and office space. New York-based architect ODA was chosen from among 10 firms to lead the design effort in restoring the nearly 500,000-square-foot Washington Boulevard structure originally built in 1916. “We selected them because they have quite a few projects around […]

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Officials promise change is coming for Fort Industry Square, Hotel SeaGate

Officials promise change is coming for Fort Industry Square, Hotel SeaGate

Each day at Balance Pan-Asian Grille’s downtown eatery customers who look out the restaurant’s west-facing windows can count on a dismal view of the corner of North Summit Street and Jefferson Avenue. Staring back at them is the half-demolished,19-story skeleton of the former Hotel Seagate, its street-level deconstruction hidden by a perimeter construction fence but […]

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Varsity Shop demolition expected to begin soon

Varsity Shop demolition expected to begin soon

In 2016, Signature negotiated the contract on behalf of the client and closed on this project.  Our innovative process combined consulting, marketing & transactional services to best manage and support our client’s needs.    The Varsity Shop property at 277 Pierce St. in Birmingham may start coming down soon, the city says. It is owned […]

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City exploring more corporate aviation, industrial use for Detroit airport’s future

City exploring more corporate aviation, industrial use for Detroit airport’s future

The city of Detroit is considering a plan that would transform the underused Coleman A. Young International Airport property for somewhere more than $100 million. A report by city contractor Avion Solutions Group LLC obtained by Crain’s describes a series of proposals the city wants to further explore that are aimed at making the airport that has […]

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Mahindra eyes assembly plant, 2,000 jobs at Flint’s Buick City

Mahindra eyes assembly plant, 2,000 jobs at Flint’s Buick City

An Indian automaker is poised to breathe new automotive life — and at least 2,000 jobs — into Flint’s iconic Buick City site. Mahindra Automotive North America Inc., maker of the Roxor off-road vehicle and a finalist to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-generation delivery truck, has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the 364-acre site from the trust charged with cleaning […]

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Auto supplier plans $55M plant at Detroit Kettering High School site

Auto supplier plans $55M plant at Detroit Kettering High School site

An automotive supplier that builds interior components, suspensions and grilles for major automakers is planning to open a 600,000-square-foot factory on the site of the vacant Kettering High School on Detroit’s east side, three miles from where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to build the city’s first new automotive plant in nearly three decades. Michigan-based supplier […]

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Palace of Auburn Hills to be razed; redevelopment in works

Palace of Auburn Hills to be razed; redevelopment in works

The former home of the Detroit Pistons soon will be demolished to make room for the homes of technology companies and corporations. A joint venture between Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Co. Inc. have purchased the Palace of Auburn Hills to be redeveloped into 1 million square feet of mixed-use office and research […]

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Fort Industry Square rehabilitation gets $5 million tax credit

Fort Industry Square rehabilitation gets $5 million tax credit

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded a $5 million tax credit for the rehabilitation of Fort Industry Square on Summit Street. The credit is part of more than $28 million in tax credits the agency awarded for the rehabilitation of 49 historic buildings across the state, according to a release from the agency on Wednesday. […]

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Mixed forecast in redevelopment of high-profile properties in Macomb County

Mixed forecast in redevelopment of high-profile properties in Macomb County

From industrial firms to retailers and from land owners to community planners, the mantra of real estate agents applies.  Location, location, location. With mixed results, some of Macomb County’s largest parcels appear destined for redevelopment. A few remain vacant with no immediate plan, while announcements and groundbreakings are on the horizon at others. Projects could […]

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Health care company eyes former Sisters of Notre Dame property

Health care company eyes former Sisters of Notre Dame property

One of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute health care services wants to build a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital on Monroe Street at Secor Road on the former Sisters of Notre Dame property where Kroger once planned to build a new store. Encompass Health Corp. of Birmingham, Ala., plans to spend $27 million to construct the […]

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Summer resident-turned-developer has $10 million plans for downtown Spring Lake

Summer resident-turned-developer has $10 million plans for downtown Spring Lake

In recent years, the West Michigan village of Spring Lake found its downtown looking like those of many small villages around the state. Buildings sat empty and in disrepair, but with a small population of 2,323, it was hard to interest developers in taking on major and expensive projects. Until recently, a state program to […]

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Northville Downs residential redevelopment to cost $200 million

Northville Downs residential redevelopment to cost $200 million

The future redevelopment of the Northville Downs racetrack is anticipated to cost $200 million. Randy Wertheimer, president and CEO of Farmington Hills-based residential developer Hunter Pasteur Homes, said construction on the 13-acre underdeveloped northern portion of the property should begin in the first quarter next year. Plans call for 300 apartments and 19,000 square feet […]

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Apartments, retail planned for long-vacant Lee Plaza

Apartments, retail planned for long-vacant Lee Plaza

The city of Detroit plans to sell the long-vacant Lee Plaza to a joint venture that will redevelop the historic building into 180 residential units and retail. The city announced Thursday that it has asked the Detroit City Council to approve the sale of the 1.7-acre site at 2240 W. Grand Boulevard for $350,000 to development partnership […]

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$40M mixed-use development in Ann Arbor to break ground in 2019

$40M mixed-use development in Ann Arbor to break ground in 2019

A $40-million redevelopment of a vacant site near the University of Michigan medical campus and downtown Ann Arbor is expected to break ground in 2019. It’s been more than a year since the City Council voted unanimously in December 2017 to approve a site plan for the nine-story project known as The Glen, a hotel with ground-floor […]

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