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Developing Midtown: Negative and Print helps keep film photography alive

Negative and Print on Third Street is a full-service photography lab, complete with all of the equipment necessary for developing actual film.

August development news round-up

Mansion rehabs, plans for new hotels, and windows in Michigan Central Station are some of the stories that made news last month in Detroit.

Placemaking efforts a big hit in Greektown: Streetscape improvements to remain into November

Virtuoso Design+Build's placemaking efforts add outdoor dining options, pedestrian-friendly vibe to Greektown.

Banglatown to be subject of food-themed art installation

On Sept. 4-5, Washington, D.C.-based artist Carmen C. Wong will offer "Tactile Taste of Banglatown," a theatrical installation where visitors will experience neighborhood straddling Detroit and Hamtramck by sight, sound, taste, and more.

Coming this September to the Dequindre Cut: Lazermaze, Pulsar Party, and more

A highlight of this year's Detroit design festival will be "Under the Cut," a series of installations planned for the Dequindre Cut Greenway.

It's official: The Whisky Parlor transitions from soft opening into permanent downtown whisky bar

Things are coming together for the Whisky Parlor, a new food and drinks venue from the people responsible for Grand Trunk Pub and Checker Bar.

Corktown to get a new exhibition space this month, downtown a wine bar and restaurant

A new gallery in Corktown and a wine-centric restaurant downtown are slated to this month.

Shipping containers, bike paths, Rehab Addict, and more: July development news round-up

It's been another busy month for development news in the city of Detroit. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.

Placemaking projects continue popping up outside greater downtown

Seven placemaking projects, one for each city council district, are being given a boost by Community Development Advocates of Detroit.

Midtown viaducts to become art installations, destinations

Three viaducts in the city's TechTown district are each to receive tens of thousands of dollars in beautification enhancements.

West Village pop-up store to promote time spent outdoors in the city

MOR & Co. is the outdoor store for city folk, says founder Sarah White, a West Village resident.

District One businesses to receive investments totalling $100K

Businesses in Detroit's City Council District 1 have cause to celebrate with the announcement that $100,000 is being dedicated to their promotion and improvement.

Coffee shop to open in Capitol Park in September

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters will be the second retail tenant of the newly-renovated luxury apartment building, the Albert. 

Over $500K in improvements planned for three Hamtramck parks

Three Hamtown parks are going to see big improvements this summer.

Ambitious art installation debuts in downtown's Paradise Valley Harmonie Park

The "Nice Outift" sculptures are nine distinct figures that are viewed collectively.

Gabriel Hall to bring New Orleans vibe to West Village

A music venue, bar, restaurant, museum, and music education advocacy group are all coming to West Village -- and they'll all be under the same roof.

Laika Dog coming to UFO Factory in Corktown

On July 4th, Corktown's UFO Factory will celebrate Independence Day by revealing Laika Dog, a 'fancy, fun' take on hot dogs and more. 

New hotels, a new downtown park, and more: June development news round-up

It's been another busy month for development news in the city. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.

Michigan Good Food Fund launches to promote access to healthy food throughout the state

The fund meets two distinct needs for urban areas like Detroit: the need for healthy food access and the need to drive economic development within the local food supply chain.

Pop-ups and peplums: Trish's Garage makes its Detroit retail return

Ebony Rutherford's clothing store has popped back up in Detroit. Trish's Garage is celebrating its opening in the Grand River Workplace, a co-working space in Grandmont Rosedale.

New $30M medical distribution center opens in New Center

Cardinal Health is a $91 billion health care services company that offers pharmaceuticals and health care products. Its $30 million development is located on an 18-acre site off of Rosa Parks Boulevard just south of Grand Boulevard in the city's New Center area.

Long-awaited Brightmoor Maker Space turns to crowdfunding

The Brightmoor Maker Space would transform a 3,200 square-foot building on the Detroit Community Schools campus into a space outfitted with equipment and tools for woodworking, metalworking, printmaking, rapid prototyping, and multimedia production.

Massive I-94 modernization efforts to limit residential and commercial displacement, officials say

Neighborhood residents and various organizations have been vocal in their concerns that efforts to widen I-94 will result in the displacement of residents and businesses. Officials insist that their goal is to minimize any displacement and keep as much of the construction within the Interstate's existing footprint as possible.

Detroit groups raise funds for placemaking projects, from opera to sunflower living rooms

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has added two more Detroit placemaking projects to its Public Spaces Community Places initiative. An events venue in southwest Detroit and a community garden in a northwest playground will receive sizable grants from the MEDC should each of them meet crowdfunding goals.

Small vineyard takes shape in old school on east side

Local land baron Dennis Kefallinos is getting back to his roots by planting a small vineyard deep in the Motor City’s east side.

Northwest Detroit Farmers Market returns to Grandmont Rosedale

It's farmers market season in the city of Detroit. The northwest side is celebrating the return of its own annual market Thursday, June 4.

6 Detroit groups win money and mentorship in contest to improve city's vibrancy, livability

Each Detroiter will receive $5,000 for their project as well as training and support from professional mentors.

May development news round-up: Brush Park, power washing the DIA, and more

May was a busy month for development news in Detroit. This will help catch you up.


New management company seeks to improve historic Virginia Park shopping center

Virginia Park Shopping Plaza isn't your typical strip mall. Built in the 1960s, the 72,000-square-foot shopping center was dreamed up by a group of Virginia Park residents who wanted to create positive change in their neighborhood after the civil unrest of 1967.


Nortown community fights to save historic farmhouse, receives demolition deferment

An effort is under way to save a Victorian farmhouse in northeast Detroit that was built in the early 1870s by Col. Philetus Norris, a Civil War veteran and the second superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

Interactive art labyrinth opens in New Center

A collaboration of local artists, businesses, and volunteers has culminated in the opening of MONOMYTH in the Lincoln Street Art Park and Sculpture Garden in Detroit's New Center area.

Eastern Market: Newly renovated Shed 5 sets standard for regional food hubs

On Saturday, May 2, local dignitaries and Eastern Market Corporation officials gathered to celebrate the unveiling of Eastern Market Shed 5 in all its renovated glory.

Baseball, buses, and the latest Detroit neighborhood improvement efforts

Two Detroit community groups have turned to crowdfunding to improve the neighborhoods that they represent. A Grandmont Rosedale park and an eastside bus stop are the targeted projects. In both cases, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has pledged to provide each successful crowdfunding campaign with a matching grant.

Grandmont Rosedale bookstore to celebrate grand opening on Independent Bookstore Day

Pages Bookshop, located at 19560 Grand River Ave. in the Detroit's Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood, is celebrating its new location with a grand opening party on Saturday, May 2. The event is free and open to the public.

Detroit native brings high-end leather goods to Midtown

Scheduled to open September 1, 2015, the Detroit location will be the eighth Will Leather Goods retail store.

April development news round-up

It's been another busy month for development news in the city. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.

Pop-ups, bike racks, and daffodils: Placemaking on Springwells Street

When neighbors see each other on the street, planting tulip bulbs or clearing a trash-strewn lot, the ensuing conversations on the sidewalk are just as important as the end result.

New Baltimore Street lofts coming to Milwaukee Junction

If all goes as planned, an old warehouse in the city's Milwaukee Junction area will be converted into 12 lofts and available to rent come fall.

Hamtramck's 'Pope Park' subject of crowdfunding campaign

Over $100,000 in improvements are planned for the park. Nearly half of that would come from this crowdfunding-matching grant hybrid. If the park can raise its goal of $25,000 via crowdfunding by June 1, the MEDC will contribute a $25,000 matching grant.

2015 will be 'banner year' for M-1 Rail construction, work on Campus Martius section to begin soon

M-1 has no plans to shut down public access to Campus Martius Park at any point during the construction process.

Restaurant and bike shop to join tattoo parlor and beer store in old Chinatown building

Ever since moving to Detroit in 2003, Matt Hessler has wanted to open a tattoo parlor in the city. Come mid-June, he will be doing just that.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery celebrates Midtown opening

This past weekend, the stretch of Canfield Street between Second and Cass celebrated the opening of its third brewery, making the Midtown block an easy destination for fans of craft beer.

Royal Oak's Black the Salon to open second location in Corktown

Work is underway on the storefront at 2117 Michigan Ave., where owner Jeph Wright plans to offer the same range of services as his Royal Oak salon.

Venture capital competition will offer $120k in prizes to local minority-owned businesses

Occurring April 13-15, PowerMoves@Detroit will offer $120,000 in direct prizes in addition to exposure and networking opportunities for local minority-owned businesses.

Corktown Inn to become 'Trumbull & Porter' as details and renderings emerge for boutique hotel rehab

Since we last reported on plans to update the Corktown Inn, new plans have emerged. This summer, the hotel will become Trumbull & Porter and will "reflect an honest version of Detroit and what it has to offer to the world."

New commercial real estate tours to connect small businesses with storefronts throughout Detroit

It's called Open Shop, and the series of commercial real estate tours is a way for Build and DXF to play matchmakers between new businesses and area landlords and property owners.

Metropolis bicycle shop to open in Corktown

The bike stock at Metropolis will be roughly 95 percent new with an emphasis on commuter cycles from manufacturers like Bianchi and Raleigh. Customers can expect bikes that fall anywhere within a $200 to $2,000 price range.

March Development News round-up

It's been another busy month for development news in the city. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.

New documentary film follows struggle for community benefits agreement in Delray

"Living with Industry: Detroit, Michigan" tells the story of the people of Delray, a neighborhood on the city's southwest shore that is known as much for pollution and abandonment as it is anything else. It's also the place where the United States and Canada look to place their New International Trade Crossing.

Better living through transit: Detroit firm seeks to improve public transportation throughout region

A Detroit-based transit firm is looking to produce a series of seven videos that demonstrate just how easy, beneficial, and indispensable public transit is in other metropolitan regions across the country.

This week in Detroit pop-up restaurants

Puerto Rican, Italian, and pies are all on the menu this week in Detroit pop-up dining.











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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





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Jane's Walk festival to include Detroit






Hip, new barber shop opens downtown


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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


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Pop-up theater turns permanent in Midtown





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Beal Building downtown now fully occupied

















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Sold! Wayne County 2012 auction





Chez Zara welcomes coffee snobs






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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.

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Detroit Dance Studio leaps onto Grand River


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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.

Excerpt:

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.



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Henry Ford Health System opens TechTown lab