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Businesses work together to draw holiday shoppers to the Villages

Nine businesses throughout Detroit's Villages neighborhoods are making a play for holiday shoppers with the introduction of a shopping passport.

DNR seeks businesses for Belle Isle Park in 2015

According to the DNR, available business opportunities include food services, outdoor sports equipment rentals, and beach equipment rentals.

M-1 Rail reveals streetcar design team

October development news round-up

September development news round-up

Bonbon shop opens in Hamtramck

Summer development news round-up

New bookstore to open in Corktown

April Development News Round-up

Jane's Walk festival to include Detroit

Hip, new barber shop opens downtown

A new grocer to open in West Village

March development news round-up

February development news round-up

Pop-up turns permanent on Avenue of Fashion

NEI nears second round of grant giving

New Corktown gym opens with charity drive

The Z opens downtown, artwork a highlight

January development news round-up

Pop-up theater turns permanent in Midtown

The 2013 year in development news

2013 SAFE Grants awarded

Holiday retail happenings

November development news round-up

Beal Building downtown now fully occupied

Late October Development News round-up

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Downtown development news round-up

'Tis the season for retail evolution

Sold! Wayne County 2012 auction

Chez Zara welcomes coffee snobs

Maps created for Detroit Film Tour

Noelle test news item

ArtPlace grants spur localism in Midtown

A disc golf course on Belle Isle?

Green Dot Stables to ride again

Cupcakes and More sweetens Ren Cen

AIA architects design a new Detroit

Detroit Public TV opens Midtown studio

Cobo Center slated for $221M facelift

Adult learning lab opens facing Clark Park

Corktown Park gets made-over

Public Pool Gallery opens in Hamtramck

Hubbell Fund event set for March 28

City, Kresge offer awards for Detroit arts

Skipper's Bar opens on Conant in Hamtramck

ACC opens Hamtramck Center on Jos. Campau

Book Building and Tower to be brought back to life

The Key Investment Group, comprised of developers that have worked on Campus Martius, Compuware and the Ford Rouge Plant, has announced the first of its six planned mixed-use developments in the city of Detroit -- the renovation of the Book Building and Tower on Washington Blvd. in Downtown.

The team hopes to close on the purchase of the buildings in November and begin construction in June 2010, says chief financial officer RoseMarie Dobek. There will be 260 rental residences, a common residential area and three floors of retail that will be accessible by the Rosa Parks Transit Center and the Detroit People Mover Times Square Station. The entire project will be built with strict attention to sustainability -- think living roof, energy-efficient windows and geothermal heating and cooling -- with LEED Gold being the development's goal.

Dobek says that Key spent three years researching potential developments and the Detroit housing market. For tenants, they are targeting the 80,000 downtown employees by offering rentals at a rate less than the suburbs -- along with the chance to potentially ditch a car payment. "There is a lack of affordable housing (in Detroit)," she says. "There is an excess of low-income and high-end."

Key Investment's other five projects are still confidential. Dobek says they will be announced in December along with details of the plans financing, although she says "no city funds, no pension funds, no HUD and no gap" monies are being utilized. There will be four more developments downtown and one on the east side; one will be a LEED- and Green Seal-certified hotel. In total, Key will be investing $320 million into Detroit in the next 3-1/2 years and be bringing 970 new residences online.

Source: RoseMarie Dobek, Key Investment Group
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Grand opening of Fort St. Gallery set for Nov. 7

Laura Deljanin of Laurette Designs is the curator of the new Fort St. Gallery, located on the second floor of an old Hudson's warehouse located at 1915 Fort St. at Rosa Parks. The 22,000-square-foot space -- "It's insane, you could land planes there!" says Deljanin -- includes a full bar, exhibition and performance space and a VIP reception area.

Hamtramck round-up: Middle Eastern bakery opens, new restaurant soon to come

It's hard to believe, but among all the Middle Eastern shops, markets and restaurants that pepper (curry?) Hamtramck, a bakery has not been among them. 'Til now, that is, with the opening of Al-Jenah Bakery on Conant just south of Holbrook. Sajook, zataar, cheese and meat breads along with mini pizza is made-to-order while spinach and meat pies are made fresh daily.

Al-Jenah is located at 9240 Conant; call 313-875-9718. Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Just up the street, the spot that housed the now-closed Bengal Masala -- which was a coney joint even prior to that -- will soon reopen as Aladdin Cafe. The address is 9334 Caniff; call 313-875-9999.

Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Detroit Dance Studio leaps onto Grand River

Cigar lounge chain to open in Paradise Valley

Wi-Fi Cyber Cafe opens on E. Jefferson

D-Biz: Tuffy hangs tough on 8 Mile

Detroit's Dequindre Cut gets national attention from Metropolis Magazine

Model D writer Kelli Kavanaugh brings national attention to the Dequindre Cut with her piece in Metropolis Magazine.


The trail’s first phase is a mile-long segment that includes restrained landscaping, two strips of asphalt (one for pedestrians and the other for bikes), light­ing, security phones, and benches. A full half of its width is left untouched to accommodate a prospective light-rail line. But what the trail connects is as important as how it looks. Its three access points are the recently redeveloped Detroit Riverfront; Lafayette Park, a well-established residential community that boasts the world’s largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings; and the southern end of Eastern Market, a popular outdoor market with specialty shops and restaurants.

For many locals, the best part of the Dequindre Cut is its colorful graffiti. During the 25 years that the rail line went unused, it became a kind of open-air gallery overgrown with brush and home to wildlife such as pheasants, foxes, and rabbits. The trail’s promoters have used the project to preserve the graphic remnants of its days as a dystopian nature trail visited only by graffiti artists, urban explorers, and the homeless. “It was like a wilderness in the middle of the city,” says Jim Griffioen, a Lafayette Park resident. “It was splashed with an ever-changing archaeology of color that even the most stodgy decrier of vandalism couldn’t deny was art.”

Read the entire article here.

Millender Center lands new health spa

City reopens west side's Tenth Precinct

Tae Kwon Do studio kicks into Hamtramck

Hamtramck hires new eco devo chief

Henry Ford Health System opens TechTown lab

Thankful throngs delight in Woodbridge Pub