Detroit's East Riverfront could see big changes in 2019

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Some recent announcements indicate that several large public and private projects will be getting underway on the East Riverfront:

  • Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock development company purchased a 2.75 acre waterfront site from Syncora for $5 million. The site, located a few blocks east of the Renaissance Center, is zoned for over 400,000 SF of what will likely be residential development.

  • New concepts were unveiled for Milliken State Park that would expand its recreational amenities and make stronger connections to the Outdoor Adventure Center and the marina.

  • City Growth Partners, a development firm headed by a former Detroit Economic Growth Corp official, purchased the site immediately east of the Syncora site and plans to build 300 apartments and a 100 room boutique hotel on the 3.1 acre site. The developer is working with international architecture firm ODA, which should bring some sophisticated design to the riverfront.

  • The Stone Soap Building, a mixed use re-development adjacent to City Growth Partners’ new site, is expected to finally get under way this spring. The project will include 48 condominiums, a food hall, and a Shakespeare theater.

Though they will take several years to complete, these projects will bring a new level of activity to the riverfront. The increased density will be key to supporting the retail establishments and restaurants that are a natural fit for this neighborhood.