Gilbert Plans Dec. 1 Groundbreaking at Hudson's Site on Woodward

Concept illustrations of the project from SHoP Architects of New York are above and below.


It's nearly groundbreaking time for what will become Detroit's tallest building.

Dan Gilbert's Bedrock plans a Dec. 1 construction start for a $900 million mixed-use development that will be 800 feet tall. It will sit on  the former site of the J. L. Hudson Co. department store on Woodward Avenue, reports Candice Williams of The Detroit News:

Architecture and urban planning experts say it's time for the site to be developed. Some believe the building could become a new iconic symbol for downtown Detroit because of its design and centrality. But some believe having such a large-scale building downtown will draw activity away from other areas, such as New Center.

"It's long overdue that we have something on that site," said Stephen Vogel, professor of architecture and former dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.

When built, the tallest point of the building will be higher than the 734-foot tower proposed earlier this year. It will exceed General Motors Co.’s Renaissance Center, which stands at 727 feet.

"It's a very tall building, which I think is appropriate for that site," Vogel said. "Filling the site from edge to edge is appropriate."

Read more:  The Detroit News

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