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obama building in detroit
Developers of the Obama Building took a unique approach to ensure it would serve residents, and in the process, baked in more community benefits than many projects in the city.
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bedrock renovation free press building
Welcome to the Nov. 11 edition of The Dig, a weekly newsletter bringing you all the dirt on real estate, housing and development in Detroit. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Wednesday.
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photo of detroit free press building exterior, reopened after a rehab by bedrock
Bedrock has salvaged another historic building -- this time, rehabbing the former Detroit Free Press Building, now called The Press/321.
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proposal n results passes
Proposal N, better known as the Detroit blight bond, was passed by voters and will allow the city to issue $250 million in bonds to address 14,000 blighted homes.
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During his tenure, Ben Carson has continually tried to diminish HUD -- but to little effect in Detroit.
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rending of love building, new home for allied media projects
ccessibility is rarely a prioritized feature of building design. Most developers will do the bare minimum to not be in violation of the American with Disabilities Act. Some will even disregard the needs of those with mobility challenges. But for the Love Building, accessibility will be the centerpiece.
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construction at quonset hut in core city neighborhood of detroit
On a corner in Core City, construction is moving along at a steady pace -- even as the pandemic grinds other Detroit developments to a halt.
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detroit development design showcased by green roof at lumen downtown
If you bring in a designer before buying a building, before committing your life savings to a project, they can help you determine whether or not that piece of property is the right fit and understand some of the challenges you might encounter.
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Detroit's financial struggles of the recent past are worth looking at as voters decide whether Detroit should issue $250 million in bonds to fight blight.
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Blighted house in Detroit. Proposal N is a ballot initiative that aims to demolish 8,000 blighted homes in Detroit
Here’s everything you need to know about the $250 million blight bond before voting.
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Amazon warehouse rendering state fairgrounds redevelopment proposal
The proposed Amazon development on an anchor property at Detroit's northern border has sparked vehement responses from nearby residents.
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A group of kids learns next to a dinosaur sculpture made of found objects at the Lincoln Street Art Park in Detroit. It's the site of the forthcoming Dreamtroit redevelopment project.
These first-time developers have a bold plan for affordable artist housing at Recycle Here! and Lincoln Street Art Park. They call it Dreamtroit.
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