District Detroit could get millions in new public funding

Development plans are fluid and can change. But the most recent vision calls for:

• A new 287-unit residential building with first-floor retail at 2250 Woodward Ave. on what is now surface parking in front of Comerica Park.

• A new residential building at 2205 Cass Ave., which would be part of the proposed Detroit Center for Innovation, an envisioned graduate school satellite campus for the University of Michigan west of the Fox Theater.

• A redeveloped Hotel Fort Wayne at 408 Temple St., a long-envisioned project that was announced more than five years ago as part of an earlier vision for residential space in the District Detroit area that would have brought 686 new units. This current incarnation would have 131 units, as opposed to the 163 units proposed in May 2017.

• A redevelopment of the Detroit Life Building at 2210 Park Ave. That building was previously envisioned for a $17 million conversion into 32,000 square feet of office space and 6,000 square feet of ground-level retail.

• A new office building at 2200 Woodward Ave., currently surface parking in front of Comerica Park. Executives said it would have 493,000 square feet of office space and 28,000 square feet of retail.

• A new office building at either 2305 Woodward Ave., or 2300 Cass Ave., depending on tenant preferences. It would have 546,000 square feet of office space and the Woodward locale could result in the Hockeytown Cafe property being demolished.

• A new mixed-use building with 131,000 square feet of office and 18,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space at 2300 Woodward Ave. at Montcalm Street.

• A proposed business incubator at 2115 Cass Ave., the former Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge building. That project is part of the proposed Detroit Center for Innovation, which earlier this year snagged a $100 million earmark from the state. Ross has also personally committed $100 million to that project.

• A new 14-story hotel, which was previously announced, immediately south of Little Caesars Arena at Woodward and I-75. That project is expected to cost $190.5 million and have 290 rooms. Ross has previously identified it as an Equinox hotel, although executives later softened that, saying a flag has not yet been determined.

• A conversion of the Fox Office Building at 2211 Woodward Ave. into a hotel. The Fox Theatre would not be altered.

Work would begin on the office building at 2200 Woodward this year, if the requested public incentives are finalized.

The District Detroit, since it was announced in July 2014, has been slow to materialize, and some of the projects announced in the more than eight years since have either not been built, remain half-built or took years longer than originally anticipated to start.

However, some new construction and redevelopment has taken place, including construction of the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, a new office building at 2715 Woodward Ave. and the new Little Caesars Global Resource Center.


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