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5 Detroit neighborhoods to watch By Robin Runyan

It’s that time of year when we’re starting to take a look back at what’s been happening with Detroit development and what’s to come in the near future. It’s been a busy year for big projects—most notably the opening of both the QLINE and the Little Caesars Arena. But more redevelopments have been happening across the city—redevelopments that could drastically change neighborhoods in the coming years. Here are five neighborhoods (and broader areas) we’re keeping an eye on in 2018.

East Riverfront

With the release of the East Riverfront redevelopment plan earlier this year, we understood what could happen to the 3-mile post-industrial/residential/public space span between the Ren Center and Belle Isle. We’ve seen announcements for the Stone Soap Building, which will convert an old warehouse into new, modern residential. More recently, a new residential and grocery development was announced nearby on Jefferson.

In the next few years, expect the Riverwalk to extend to Belle Isle, new construction on the parking lots just east of the Ren Center, a new beach, possible development on the Uniroyal site near Belle Isle, and more requests for proposals (RFP) for older industrial buildings in the area.

Islandview

The area between West Village and Belle Isle has seen a lot of activity this year, both in real estate and development announcements. In the coming years, we’ll see the Platform redevelop the area along East Grand Boulevard near Belle Isle. Banyan Investment is redeveloping the Saint Charles school, which will open as luxury residences next year. Also in the works: a new brewery in an old church and another new brewery in an old warehouse.

Southwest

Detroit’s densely populated Southwest neighborhood spans quite a bit of land area, and we’ve seen real estate prices rise in places like Hubbard Farms. With the Gordie Howe Bridgeexpected to make a substantial impact in the Delray neighborhood, and a possible second span of the Ambassador Bridge in the works, the area could see many physical changes in the coming years.

Fitzgerald

The current plans in the Fitzgerald neighborhood could give us an idea of what neighborhood redevelopment could look like across Detroit. Ground broke recently on a new park and a community center. Soon, over 100 vacant homes will be renovated. City Council just approved a plan for a major commercial corridor revitalization, which will certainly help storefronts along McNichols and Livernois. An RFP for a similar revitalization plan in Old Redford was recently released, which has us wondering which neighborhoods might be next on the city’s radar.

New Center/Virginia Park/Henry Ford/La Salle Gardens

Plans for redevelopment around Gordon Park have been announced.
 Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

We’re including a very large area in this group, but we’ve also seen a lot of activity over here this past year. The Pistons recently broke ground on a new training facility in New Center. Home and condo prices have been on the rise closer to the Woodward corridor.

But across the Lodge, we’ve also seen many homes along La Salle renovated and selling this year. There’s a lot of opportunity from West Grand Boulevard all the way up to Boston-Edison west of the Lodge. The redevelopment of the massive Herman Kiefer complex could be a huge catalyst for revitalization in that area.

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