Five Detroit developments to watch in 2022

The past year has been nothing short of a rollercoaster for many in the city, marked by an almost constant stream of development ups and downs. From reopening of restaurants and nightlife at closure of a range of local businesses and the ongoing pandemic Still behind, Detroit has had its share of challenges in 2021.

Yet as we enter a new year, Detroiters have plenty to look forward to in 2022. From the revitalization of long-abandoned historic landmarks to affordable housing developments, safer streetscapes and urban forests, new Exciting projects across the city prove that there are plenty of great things for the Detroiters to look forward to over the next twelve months.

circular forest

Located on 12 formerly vacant and neglected urban lots in Detroit’s East Poletown neighborhood, the circular forest The project aims to create a small forest and park in the city to help Detroit residents build stronger connections with nature.

A collaboration between Detroit Arboretum, Audubon Detroit, singing tree, American fish and wildlife, Mushroom filletsand community volunteers, the development emphasizes native restoration with plans to plant 200 native trees and native meadow on 1.3 acres of land on Palmer between Elmwood and Moran.

Recognizing that the Small Town Forest will reside on lands originally managed by Indigenous peoples, including the Niswi Ishkodewan Anishinaabeg: Three Fires Confederacy (composed of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi) and Seneca Nations, Delaware , Shawnee and Wyandot, the project is committed to fostering healing and reconnection with the land.

“We are honored and grateful to have the space and support to help more Detroit residents connect with the forest,” said Birch Kemp, executive director of the Detroit Arboretum. “We all know that we are supposed to care about forests and trees in an abstract way. Yes, it is essential that we allow old-growth forests to thrive and keep new ones. However, for the average city dweller, it can be Greek.”

“We have an opportunity here in Detroit to make trees and forests very personal and accessible to all of us. whole world. “

The project, which started in June 2021 and will continue its development throughout this year, is scheduled to end in March 2023. Those interested in contributing to the project can sign up to receive updates on volunteer opportunities. to Detroit Arboretum website.

Streetscape 12th Street/Rosa Parks

The city is rolling up its sleeves to make the streets safer and more attractive for local residents, pedestrians and motorists this year. Part of the Streetscape programan $80 million development investment funded by bonds from the City of Detroit, the Streetscape 12th Street/Rosa Parks project is expected to start later this year.

The refreshed streetscape, which will stretch between Clairmont and West Grand Blvd., will cost approximately $9.5 million and will include safety upgrades like improved sidewalks, road resurfacing, lighting and a new landscaping.

Other streetscapes included in the program since 2019 include Livernois, Bagley, Joseph Campau, Riopelle, Grand River, Gratiot-Randolph Plaza, Conant, Grand Parklet, Kercheval, McNichols, East Warren, West Warren and 15th Street.

Over the past year, the planning process for the next 12th Street/Rosa Parks streetscape has gathered input from neighborhood residents to establish and prioritize project goals through a series of community meetings open to the public. . The final meeting on December 16 included a vote on the final street layout determined by local community members. Once new renderings of the project are completed later this year, plans will be sent to City Council for approval before construction begins.

Located at 7303 W. McNichols Rd., Sawyer Art Apartments has 38 residential units and 6,186 square feet of retail space.

Sawyer Art Apartments

Property along W. McNichols today, and a rendering of what the development will look like from the same vantage point.Spanning an entire block between Monica and Prairie in the Live6 neighborhood, the Sawyer Art Apartments at 7303 W. McNichols will offer a combination of 6,186 sq. % and 80% of the region’s median income.

Funded by a combination of state, city and other investments, the $10.8 million, 33,000 square foot development, which began in December, is expected to create approximately 100 jobs in the construction this year and next year, as well as 25 permanent jobs. after its opening in the second half of 2023.

As part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund initiative, a partnership between the City of Detroit and Invest Detroit, partners in the black-led project, and developers also include URGE Development Group, N’Namdi Holdings, LLC and Hosey Development.

Beyond the benefits of affordable housing and commercial space, the new development will also contribute to the creative history and culture that Detroit is famous for.

“The Sawyer Art Apartments will provide an example of how art can be incorporated into affordable housing. So not only do we beautify and improve our neighborhoods, but we also provide cultural perspective and preserve heritage. Through the integration of the arts, this development will showcase Live6 and the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in the Fitzgerald/Bagley neighborhood by injecting new energy, resources, activities, people and excitement into its local economy,” said the Dr. George R. N’Namdi, Managing Partner of N’Namdi Holding, LLC and Chairman of N’Namdi Contemporary Art Center in Midtown, said in a Press release.

Maps of the Godfrey Hotel. Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects

Hotel Godfrey

After debuting last fall at 1401 Michigan Ave. between Trumbull and Eighth Street, construction of the next Godfrey Hotel in Corktown is set to continue until the end of the year before opening to the public in 2023.

Developed by Oxford Capital Group and Hunter Pasteur, The Godfrey Hotel will be managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts and will benefit from a “soft brand affiliation” with Hilton’s Curio Collection. The seven-story, 227-room boutique hotel will offer upscale amenities and a rooftop lounge with city views, in addition to a 5,500-square-foot ballroom, fitness center form, a lobby bar and a chef-led restaurant on the ground floor. stage.

More than a pretty face, the Godfrey Hotel is expected to create around 200-300 construction jobs over the coming year. After opening next year, developers expect the hotel to create an additional 160-200 part-time and full-time jobs paying a minimum of $17 per hour (full-time positions will also offer health insurance). According to the developer, at least 25% of these jobs will go to Detroit residents thanks to a partnership with the city Detroit at work program.

“Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I have watched Detroit closely and have been impressed by the remarkable transformation that has taken place downtown,” said John W. Rutledge, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC and Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a Chicago-based national hospitality-focused investment, development and management firm, said in a Release.

“We look forward to contributing to this momentum and providing a stunning physical product, as well as Oxford’s unique brand of hospitality to this beautiful and vibrant city as Detroit and the country continue their post-pandemic recovery over the coming years. years.”

Michigan Central Station. Courtesy of Practice of Architecture and Urban Planning (PAU)/Ford

Michigan Central Station and Book Depot

Courtesy of Practice of Architecture and Urban Planning (PAU)/FordFirst announced in 2018, the Ford Mobility Innovation District (also in Corktown) is a multi-year development of multiple projects aimed at transforming the city’s oldest neighborhood into a 30-acre walkable community. While the entire development is expected to be completed in 2023, construction on several key projects is expected to complete this year.

The first of these projects is the project designed by Albert Kahn Deposit of bookswhich should be completed in the first quarter of 2022. The building, freshly redesigned by the design and architecture firm people, will launch as a creative mixed-use space combining coworking, labs and innovation studios with an outdoor plaza, cafe and rooftop offering stunning city and riverside views. the Bagley Parking Centerwhich will create 1,250 parking spaces for Michigan Central workers, is also expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

Restoration of the long vacation Michigan Central Station also expected to be completed in the final months of 2022. The old station will serve as a new home for commercial retail stores, restaurants, and provide office space for Ford employees and innovation partners.

According to plans detailed on the project website, Michigan Central Station will also house a public art collection as part of a collaboration between Ford Motor Co. and local artists. Art conservation will be handled by a Vancouver-based art consultancy firm Farmer Fine Art.

The building’s new tenants are expected to move in during the first half of 2023. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the businesses that open there – and how the development serves residents and the local community once it opens. to the public.

Courtesy of Practice of Architecture and Urban Planning (PAU)/Ford

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