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Momentum Drives Midtown

April 29 2013 | no comments

Construction crews are busy in Midtown…which is becoming more vibrant by the month.

Dave LewAllen toured the neighborhood with the woman who is the visionary behind all of the activity.

It takes a quick pace to keep up with Sue Mosey.

She’s the dynamo leading the redevelopment of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. “It’s taken a very long time to get to the point where acceleration is moving very quickly, but I think we’ve reached that point now,” Mosey, the president of Midtown Detroit, Inc. told Detroit 2020.

Case in point—a multi-story, mixed use development—which will include residential units–under construction at the corner of Woodward and Selden.

“Now we’re going to be looking at 61 units of market rate housing with about 11,500 square foot of commercial. We think this will lease very quickly,” Mosey said.

Additional housing is a key to creating the density Mosey says Midtown needs to keep momentum moving in the neighborhood.

People—and businesses are coming. Two dozen businesses opened or expanded operations in Midtown in 2012—including the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company.. Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe.. and Maccabees at Midtown—one of several new restaurants in the neighborhood.

And coming to Midtown in early June: Whole Foods Market.

“Whole Foods, just nationally, is iconic. And so that’s one of the reasons why its such an important investment for the neighborhood,” Mosey said. “I think it’s really important to be able to demonstrate that businesses of this kind of statue and this scale can be successful here. No one has a crystal ball to know right today how well they’ll do. We’re very confident, given their approach and how they’ve approached the store, that they should be very successful here,” she added.

Another focus is the area of Cass near Canfield. “As you see as we march down here, the goal is small scale, independent businesses,” Mosey said.

A number of leases have been signed..  build-outs are continuing.. but despite all the visible progress.. Mosey says the work is far from finished. “Even in a district like Midtown, I mean, you’re going to have another 10-to-20 years of redevelopment here before you would probably be able to say this is a complete neighborhood…that really works for everyone.”

Click here to go to the Midtown Detroit Inc. website.

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