Howes: Pistons’ return home reverses exodus to suburbs

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Daniel Howes , The Detroit News 7:04 a.m. EDT November 1, 2016 636132823157680180-goresBuy Photo (Photo: Daniel Mears / The Detroit News) Tom Gores owns the Detroit Pistons, but the Los Angeles mogul and chairman of Platinum Equity LLC doesn’t appear to be much for playing games. Rarely does a big-league owner use a press conference before the home opener to confirm a deal is “close” to uproot his team from its suburban home in The Palace of Auburn Hills and return to its downtown roots, perhaps by as early as next season. But Gores did exactly that Friday. He says…

Minority presence growing in downtown retail boom

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Ian Thibodeau, The Detroit News 11:03 p.m. EDT August 12, 2016 2016-0727-dg-minority0092Buy Photo (Photo: David Guralnick / The Detroit News) Filling a 6,000-square-foot storefront on Woodward with merchandise was daunting for new business owner Roslyn Karamoko. But, she says, “There’s a community of people who are rooting for the store.” The 31-year-old African-American woman opened her clothing store and art gallery, Détroit is the New Black, in July in the heart of downtown Detroit’s blossoming shopping drag. Karamoko’s is one of a few minority- and woman-owned stores to open downtown recently. While the number of minority businesses is growing downtown,…

Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit

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John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press 11:42 a.m. EDT June 13, 2016 Photos: Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit Fullscreen At the corner of Edmund Place and John R. Street in At the corner of Edmund Place and John R. Street in Brush Park in Detroit, this building, designed by LOHA of Los Angeles, is six stories tall stepping down to three stories as it approaches the historic Ransom Gillis mansion on Alfred Street immediately to the south. It will be an apartment building, known in this development as “the flats,” with first floor retail and rooftop…

One Nation: Young, eager unleash Rust Belt economy

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Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press 2:56 p.m. EDT June 13, 2016 Challenges facing many of America’s former industrial titans like Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, remain enormous. But a nascent economic rebound is being driven in part by young people. campus martius (Photo: Matthew Dolan) Young people are starting to unbuckle the economic promise of Rust Belt cities. The political and social challenges facing many of America’s former industrial powerhouses like Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh remain enormous. But there are nascent signs of rebound, driven in part by youthful entrepreneurs brimming with new ideas. ONE NATION DETROIT: JUNE 15 Hillary…

Detroit events celebrate 150th year of Vernors Ginger Ale

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by Andrew MinegarSaturday, June 4th 2016 DETROIT (AP) – Vernors Ginger Ale is marking its 150th year and a week of events is planned to celebrate in its Detroit hometown. The Detroit Historical Museum ( http://detroithistorical.org ) presents a display of Vernors artifacts Tuesday through June 12. The Detroit Experience Factory leads a sold-out ginger beer crawl June 10 and a Vernors 150th Anniversary Party is June 11 at the Detroit Historical Museum. Vernors is a distinctive ginger ale that’s long been popular in the state. It was created by James Vernor in a Detroit pharmacy following the conclusion of…

Creating 1,000 new apartments in Detroit is ‘sound business decision’ for development group

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By Paula Gardner | PaulaGardner@mlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on May 31, 2016 at 11:32 AM, updated June 01, 2016 at 10:56 AM DEVELOPING DETROIT Private college police could get more authority as Detroit Mercy seeks to improve neighborhood Emagine movie theaters expanding to Saline, looking at Detroit, says founder Tiger Stadium project brings neighborhoods, kids into Detroit’s resurgence, PAL CEO says Mini-grocery stores needed in Downtown Detroit, Bedrock CEO says Mayor Duggan plans for ’20 minute’ neighborhoods, ‘uniquely Detroit’ improvements All Stories DETROIT, MI — The Fisher Building, sitting north of downtown Detroit, offers its new…

$250M project calls for 1,000 new Detroit apartments

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Associated Press 8:33 a.m. EDT May 23, 2016 635995868140554417-fisher-building.JPGBuy Photo (Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press) Plans are in the works for a $250 million project to create 1,000 new apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, TechTown and New Center. The project is from a new development company called the Platform and involves developer Peter Cummings, Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley reported. The partnership aims to take advantage of Detroit’s light rail line, which opens next year. The $140 million rail project will extend 3.3 miles from Detroit’s downtown riverfront. Cummings’ plans include new construction and renovated buildings within walking distance of…

Shake Shack to open in Detroit’s Campus Martius area

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JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press 5:29 p.m. EDT May 23, 2016 Burger joint to open in Gilbert-owned building 635996195239314089-ShakeShack-FNB-ObliqueAerialGoogleE-StreetHighLights-HiRes.jpg (Photo: Bedrock Detroit) Shake Shack, the popular and fast-growing burger chain, plans to open its first Michigan location next year in downtown Detroit. The New York-based company announced Monday that it is coming to the First National Building, 660 Woodward Ave. near Campus Martius Park. The First National Building also houses Roasting Plant coffee, among other tenants, and is owned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Detroit. A Shake Shack representative said the restaurant would open sometime in 2017. “We’re proud to be…

Group seeks Detroit music museum, ‘music city’ branding

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Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic 11:08 p.m. EDT April 30, 2016 (Photo: John Froelich, Special to the Free Press) Why doesn’t Detroit take advantage of its vast musical heritage? It’s a question that’s been asked for years by locals and visitors, perplexed that a place widely regarded as one of the world’s historical music capitals does so little to officially celebrate it. Now a high-powered new organization is ready to get the ball rolling, with plans to step up the branding of Detroit as a music center and ultimately construct a downtown museum spotlighting the region’s musical…

Downtown Detroit sales prices rise to ‘insane’ levels

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John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press 12:10 p.m. EDT April 24, 2016 635969575777440962-cp-ruck-WillisLoft-042116-SG04.jpgBuy Photo (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press) Greater downtown Detroit residential real estate — a near-dead market only a few years ago — is now soaring with a few property owners even listing their downtown and Midtown properties for fantasy prices running into the millions of dollars. But beneath some of the ridiculous pricing, greater downtown is offering a steady stream of residential openings as prices surge amid downtown’s continued revival. The surge is fueled mostly by empty-nest baby boomers, along with some millennials, who are paying prices…