Got an idea for old Tiger Stadium? Want to make it your field of dreams? Here’s your chance.
Looking for an apartment downtown? There could be one ready for you shortly.
Detroit is moving ahead.
First, let’s look at Tiger Stadium.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of Detroit is looking for your ideas. It’s issued a request for proposals to redevelop the former site of Tiger Stadium.
You’ll have to share the site with Detroit PAL headquarters and a youth baseball field in the same area as many legendary baseball stars played. EDC also envisions three zones for development that would enhance the surrounding Corktown neighborhood.
The site is about 9.5 acres and the plan included in the RFP shows a proposed new headquarters for Detroit PAL along Cochrane St., while the youth field would cover much of the same footprint as Tiger Field.
The RFP calls for development in two areas of the site. One is along Michigan Ave. and the other along Trumbull St. A third development zone along Kaline Drive is not being offered at this time.
The EDC will favor proposals that relate well to the surrounding communities, achieve urban development objectives such as high density and street-front massing, and evoke or commemorate the history of the site. The City of Detroit owns the property currently.
“This vision for the site represents the best combination of input from all the significant stakeholders — the City of Detroit, the Corktown community, and all those who have fond memories of the great baseball games played at Tiger Stadium,” said George W. Jackson, Jr., president and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. “Every time a youngster runs a base on the youth field it will honor the legacy of the field itself, while every dollar invested in the surrounding development will enhance the viability of Corktown’s future.”
The RFP may be downloaded from DEGC’s website, www.degc.org. Proposals are due in late May, with a decision by the EDC possible by the end of August 2014.
Now let’s see what’s new in the apartment world.
Two firms have been given preliminary approval to start on housing projects by DEGC. The Roxbury Group project is called The Griswold, an 80-apartment development that would be built directly on top of the parking garage at 150 Michigan Ave., next to the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Under the new development agreement, a five-story structure would be built on top of the deck at an estimated cost of $22 million. The 80-housing units will be rental apartments. The agreement anticipates construction could begin this year and be completed in 2015.
Village Green Holding’s project is for Statler City, a 200-250 apartment unit that would be built at Washington Blvd. and Park Ave., directly across from Grand Circus Park. It plans to invest between $30 million and $35 million, build it to meet the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standards and develop first-floor retail space along Washington Blvd. Parking for tenants will be underground. The developers hope to complete the project in 2016.
“It’s great news that there is strong enough demand to build another 300 or more residential units in our downtown core,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “This is more evidence that a growing number of people are excited about living in Detroit because they are seeing good things happening.”