Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Broderick Tower Scrubbed

The Broderick Tower along Detroit's Grand Circus Park has been thoroughly scrubbed on at least 3 sides, giving the building that new building feel. Take a look for yourself:

I took this shot today with my new camera; hopefully there will be more like this soon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cass Tech Celebrates Class IA State Football Championship with Woodward Parade

Downtown employees were riveted on their lunch break today after Cass Tech High School began a parade in honor of its state championship winning football team.

The green and white marching band stood along Grand Circus Park, near the former site of Occupy Detroit, and played numerous songs as their team sat in buses nearby on the avenue. Cass Tech won the state championship by beating Detroit Catholic Central 49-13 at Ford Field on November 26, 2011.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Griswold Comes Along

It looks like Griswold is about to get some additional nightlife; rumor has it that the building at Griswold's northern terminus, at Clifford, is going to become a bar. Check out its current, rather sorry state:

Maybe they intend for it to be an open air establishment!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Chalmers Square Rising (Again)

On East Jefferson, near the Grosse Pointe border, Chalmers Square is getting a serious rehab. The building, boarded up for quite some time, had a beautiful facade, but some creaky bones. Its rehabbers gutted the inside, but left the facade standing. It made me quite nervous to drive by while they left it like that for some time. This morning, however, I am pleased to report that the building has all new bones and the facade is being improved, too. Its starting to recapture some of its former glory, as seen below.

Chalmers Square has a sister building two blocks down that looks similar, but is in the "pre-rehab" state. I hope that the successful renovation of Chalmers Square encourages developers to get that building in better shape, too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Making Movies on Monroe, Remaking the Broderick Tower

A quick stroll through downtown today at lunchtime revealed a slew of activity. On Monroe, police had cordoned off part of the street for apparent filming on a movie, which also seemed to be happening on Randolph near the Old Wayne County Building. Here's a shot of the camera truck filming a view of the in-street parking garage and a yuppie pretending not to notice.

On Woodward, crews continued to plow ahead with the renovation of the David Broderick Tower. One especially voracious team was scrubbing the lower facade. Based on a ground's eye view analysis of the blocks above, they still have their work cut out for them, if they plan to clean up that facade as nice as the Book Cadillac's facade was cleaned up. Here's a shot, showing all the dust they were generating and explaining the need to block sidewalk access below.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Chase Tower Gets Some Dan Gilbert Love

Like each of the buildings recently acquired by Dan Gilbert, Chase Tower near Campus Martius in downtown Detroit has been getting some much needed love and investment. Visitors to the building of late have had to navigate scaffolding from workers above, cleaning and repairing the building's massive facade on all sides. There is even a rumor that Gilbert plans to push the lobby of this mid-century skyscraper closer to Woodward Avenue, making zero-setback retail a real possibility.

Today, I stopped in at the first floor Chase Bank branch and found another Gilbert change: the ceiling in the building's lengthy lobby had been painted green. Not sure how this will tie into future renovations, but it sure was a startling change from the entirely white setting that use to greet visitors. I am very excited for this building's future, now that it has an active investor as its owner.