Albom: Detroit Pistons going back where they belong, in the city

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Does it really matter where a sports team plays? Don’t the New York Giants labor in New Jersey? Don’t the Los Angeles Angels suit up in Anaheim? Yes. But sometimes, sometimes, it truly makes a difference. The Detroit Pistons have been out of Detroit for nearly 40 years. For a decade, they played in a cavernous football stadium in Pontiac. Then they built a lovely but lonely home on empty acreage in Auburn Hills. But basketball is a city game at its core, and there was always a tug to get the Pistons to dribble back. On Tuesday, that tug…

Wojo: Pistons’ move more evidence of a city rebounding

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Detroit — It would’ve been easy, maybe even fiscally prudent, to ignore the allure. Tom Gores could’ve kept the Pistons right where they are, in a nice arena in a comfortable setting, far from the mounting noise. But Gores saw what others saw, and then heard what he had to hear. Growth begets growth, successful businessmen attract successful businessmen. And on a clear day in downtown Detroit, you could see more evidence of a rebound city increasingly united, in historic ways and symbolic ways. The Pistons are moving back downtown, which always made sense from a logistical standpoint, fitting the…

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…

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…

Where can you buy a mansion for $400,000? Detroit.

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  By Vickie Elmer January 21 Bill Sneed and Erica MacKinnon fled the extremely high housing costs in Los Angeles and relocated to Detroit. They bought a home in Indian Village for just over $400,000. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Erica MacKinnon and Bill Sneed have lived all over the world and spent a couple of years in a rented Los Angeles duplex considering whether to move to Miami or Seattle, Oakland or Portland, Maine. Instead, nearly a year ago, the business and life partners packed up and headed to Detroit, which they had visited months earlier in search of…

It’s boom time for developments in heart of Detroit

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Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News 12:03 a.m. EST January 8, 2016 Development-02 (Photo: Daniel Mears, Detroit News) For the area known as greater downtown Detroit, 2016 is expected to be the kind of year city leaders have dreamed of and worked toward since the 1967 riots. This year will also highlight that Detroit’s rebound remains wildly uneven: While development in neighborhoods throughout the city is planned, it will not match the boom times going on in greater downtown. “The best is yet to come and we look forward to the year ahead,” said Jim Ketai, managing partner and CEO of…

Meridian: Downtown Detroit’s growth juggernaut

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Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press Columnist 10:54 p.m. EST December 12, 2015 MERIDAN 120215 rhb4.jpg (Photo: Regina H. Boone / Regina H.Boone) They don’t yet have the prominence of a Dan Gilbert or the Ilitches – no sports team, no casino ownership – but the Cotton family’s Meridian Health Plan is fast emerging as Detroit’s next major high-growth, job-creating, family-run private enterprise. Since moving their primary Medicaid HMO business from Southfield to downtown Detroit, founder David Cotton, a medical doctor, and his three sons have grown it from 112 employees and revenue of $275 million in 2008, to 1,500 employees…

Housing deals boost Midtown’s revival in Detroit

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Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press 7:11 a.m. EST November 2, 2015 Companies look to continue housing incentives in Detroit in 2016 635814721636327368-Midtown-101615-006-rb-2-Buy Photo (Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press) Five years after the launch of an incentive program to encourage people to move into areas in and around Detroit’s Midtown, organizers of the effort say it has been a success at bringing a diverse mix of people into the neighborhood — so much that the incentives will likely keep going even after the pilot project comes to an end. The Live Midtown program was designed as a five-year deal to…

Curtis’ mansion revival just the start for Brush Park

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The Ransom Gillis mansion, long a symbol of decay in Detroit’s Brush Park district, will be completely renovated in a few short weeks. 635744615940772828-Ransom-gillis-0806-dw-02Buy Photo (Photo: Diane Weiss, Detroit Free Press) 2978 The Ransom Gillis mansion, long a symbol of decay in Detroit’s Brush Park district, will be completely renovated and ready for new occupants in a few weeks. On Thursday executives of the Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures family of companies, which owns the mansion, joined HGTV host Nicole Curtis of the show “Rehab Addict” on a media tour of the home. Built in the 1870s at the height of Brush…