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Most-read Detroit real estate stories of 2017 By Kirk Pinho

It was another busy 12 months in real estate news in Detroit and Southeast Michigan, from new retail locations to big developments. Following are the top 10 most-read real estate stories on


  1. East Jefferson is getting a new Meijer Inc. store, the city's third.
  2. Google confirmed what we had known for several weeks: its new location next to Little Caesars Arena.
  3. Founders Brewing Co. opened a new taproom in Detroit.
  4. Dennis Kefallinos suddenly listed 30 or so properties for sale or lease and a little birdie provided me the offering memorandum. Then DK backtracked on it, telling Crain's several weeks ago that the OM wasn't authorized by him.
  5. Josh McManus and Deb Dansby called it quits at Rock Ventures LLC.
  6. Ikea is snooping around for a second metro Detroit location. But where exactly?
  7. Beaumont Health confirmed what we reported two months earlier, that it was consolidating its employees into First Center Office Plaza in Southfield.
  8. Lots of construction in and around downtown Detroit. Who knew?
  9. A site in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge is getting an upgrade into some primo real estate ... and yes, a brewery. Cheers!
  10. Yup, the Church of Scientology is actually doing something with the the downtown Detroit building it owns.


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