Dan Gilbert, Stephen Ross to Build UM Innovation Center on Detroit Failed-Jail Site

October 29, 2019, 4:50 PM

Real estate giant Stephen Ross and Dan Gilbert plan a $300-million University of Michigan graduate school campus at the failed-jail site on Gratiot at the edge of downtown Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business reports.

The 190,000-square-foot campus -- the Detroit Center for Innovation-- will offer research and graduate education in  automotive mobility, artificial intelligence, sustainability, cybersecurity, financial technology and other tech fields.

Stephen Ross and Dan Gilbert

"The whole idea of that is using (the innovation center) to get companies to relocate to Detroit and take advantage of the talent coming there," Ross said in an exclusive interview with Chad Livengood.

Additionally, Gilbert and Ross will co-develop the rest of the 15-acre former jail site, which include mid-rise residential buildings for UM graduate students, space for new tech businesses and a boutique hotel and conference center inside the former Detroit Police Department headquarters. 

“The academic building and the land will be gifted to the university,” says university president Mark Schlissel, declining to specify the amount of Ross' gift. The land comes from Gilbert, who owns the 14-acre site.

Ross, a native Detroiter, owns the Miami Dolphins. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at UM is named after him in recognition of the 1962 graduate's $378 million in donations since 2003. 

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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