April 5, 2017
The Fisher Building has always been beautiful, but it might be turning into one of the more interesting multipurpose places for fun in the city. Sure, it’s always had the Fisher Theatre, but the lobby of the Fisher Building recently hosted a halfpipe for skateboarders, and in the past fashion shows. Now, Daily Detroit gets word that none other than Flint Eastwood will be having their record release party there.
DETROIT (WJBK) – The City of Detroit outlined a $4 million dollar plan Wednesday to rehabilitate 115 vacant homes. “I want you to be rejuvenated about it. I want you to be positive about it,” said Stephanie Harbin, president of the San Juan Block Club.
DETROIT — More than 115 vacant homes are to be rehabilitated in the neighborhood that connects the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College campuses by 2019 under a plan announced by Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday.
Reviving neighborhoods is certain to become a central issue in this year’s Detroit mayoral race. Critics say Mayor Mike Duggan, seeking a second term, has focused too much on downtown, Corktown and Midtown and not enough on declining residential areas. But on Wednesday, city hall was all about the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit around McNichols and Livernois.
Mayor Mike Duggan announced today the development team that will lead a 2-year-long project to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood for the nearly 600 families who live there near Livernois and McNichols. Fitz Forward is a partnership between local development firms Century Partners and The Platform as the developer for the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project.
A two year project was announced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday to help revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood in the city of Detroit. We talked about it before when foundations set up a $4 million matching grant. Now, the project is in motion.
The city announced today the development team and plan for revitalizing the Fitzgerald neighborhood. The city has chosen a team called Fitz Forward, which includes Century Partners and The Platform. The plan is part of the $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund the mayor announced in February.
Two questions arise from Wednesday’s announcement of the development team chosen by the city to remake the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit.
A team has been chosen to take on a more than $4 million neighborhood redevelopment project in northwest Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood after a request for proposal was issued last summer. The project involves rehabilitating 115 vacant homes in the next two years as for-sale and for-rent and affordable and market-rate housing, creating a 2-acre park and landscaping 192 vacant lots.
One of Detroit’s first tests of whether it can find new use for the blocks of land it cleared of blight took a big step forward Wednesday. A development team was selected for an estimated $4 million plan to redo 115 vacant homes over two years, create a two-acre park and landscape 192 vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood on the northwest side.
April 4, 2017
Everard Findlay, curator and creator of the Fisher Halfpipe, which sits in the middle of the Fisher Buildings main arcade visible for all to see. Viewers can watch live as pro skater, BMX’ers, and bladers tackle the halfpipe with their skills.
DETROIT >> A cross-cultural skating event is taking over an iconic Detroit landmark for four days. The “Fisher Halfpipe” kicked off Monday night at Fisher Building. Professional and semi-pro skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers will ride four at a time on the 26-foot-long, 16-foot-wide ramp.
Flipping out in the Fisher Bldg. That’s what some skilled skateboarders and bike riders are doing on the halfpipe set-up in the lobby of Detroit’s Fisher Bldg. Skaters and spectators can drop in from 6 to 9pm thru Thursday night. Fisher Bldg. co-owner Peter Cummings says it’s a way to attract new visitors to the iconic building, and the New Center area.
DETROIT (AP) – A cross-cultural skating event is taking over an iconic Detroit landmark for four days. The “Fisher Halfpipe” kicked off Monday night at the Fisher Building, where professional and semi-pro skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers are riding four at a time on a 26-foot-long, 16-foot-wide ramp. The half-pipe is surrounded by historic 1920s Detroit architecture in what’s widely considered the most ornamented gallery in the city.
When we heard that the Fisher Building arcade would be activated more often as the restoration of the art deco building continues, we never thought we’d see this.
DETROIT (AP) — A cross-cultural skating event is taking over an iconic Detroit landmark for four days. The “Fisher Halfpipe” kicked off Monday night at the Fisher Building, where professional and semi-pro skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers are riding four at a time on a 26-foot-long, 16-foot-wide ramp.
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A cross-cultural skating event is taking over an iconic Detroit landmark for four days. The “Fisher Halfpipe” has been set up in the elegant lobby of the Fisher Building — as part of an effort to promote the city’s New Center Area.
DETROIT (WJBK) – Talk about a clash of cultures. A BMX and skateboarding halfpipe has been set up right in the middle of Detroit’s magnificent Fisher Building. The “Fisher Halfpipe” kicked off Monday night at Fisher Building. Professional and semi-pro skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers will ride four at a time on the 26-foot-long, 16-foot-wide ramp.
April 3, 2017
Detroit, where the surprises keep coming. April begins with this amazement: Four days of skateboarding inside Albert Kahn’s 1928 golden tower of marble, mosaics, brass and bronze. Professional skateboarders, BMXers and bladers will do halfpipe stunts under the majestic, painted arches of the Fisher Building lobby on West Grand Boulevard. It’s definitely “something you don’t see every day,” as Curbed Detroit editor Robin Runyan writes.
Cayden Byington looks younger than his 14 years, but handled his skateboard like an old pro Monday on what may be Michigan’s most unique half-pipe, set up inside Detroit’s Fisher Building. “It’s really cool, just being around all this old architecture and the marble,” the Wayland teen said, looking up at the ornate ceiling. “It’s really breathtaking in here.”
Detroit — Hundreds of eyes peered over railings and around corners to watch the remarkable sight unfolding near the Fisher Building lobby Monday night. For hours, scores of daring skateboarders and rollerbladers glided across a decorative “halfpipe,” or mini-ramp, spread out atop gleaming tiles.
In life, there aren’t many chances to watch extreme sports inside a historic Art Deco building, but for a few days in Michigan, visitors can do just that. This week, the Fisher Halfpipe will be on display in downtown Detroit’s famed Fisher Building, attracting spectators to witness pro skateboarders and BMX bike riders perform their gravity-defying sports.
March 31, 2017
An architectural monolith and beacon of Art Deco design, the Fisher Building, will play host to a stunning skateboard ramp this week. The Fisher Halfpipe, as it’s being called, was curated by Everard Findlay as a means to explore the way skateboarding transcends race, class, and culture to draw disparate groups into a community.
March 30, 2017
DETROIT – A new development near Detroit’s New Center neighborhood has broken ground. Construction has started on the first phase of Baltimore Station, a project that will bring retail and residential to Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction area. The first phase will be completed by the end of 2017.
Another redevelopment project is underway in Detroit’s New Center area. They call it Baltimore Station. Groundbreaking was done to redo two vacant buildings along Woodward near the Amtrak Station. It includes 8-thousand square feet of retail space and two dozen apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Construction has finally begun on Baltimore Station, a new mixed-use development headed to the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood near New Center. Clawson’s Woodpile BBQ Shack has already leased space for a second location at the site, that includes the renovation of two buildings at the corner of Woodward Avenue and East Baltimore Avenue.
Another construction project along Woodward in New Center has begun. Baltimore Station, which will be located near the Amtrak Station, will bring about 8,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 23 apartments on the second and third floors to two long-empty buildings.
AFB Hospitality Group — owner of Bistro 82, The Morrie and SCL in Royal Oak — has hired three new members for its executive management team. Ben Robison is the new executive pastry chef for all properties, Keith Schofield joined as Bistro 82’s general manager and Awsem Zbair is AFB Hospitality Group’s director of nightlife.
March 29, 2017
The Big Boy restaurant on East Jefferson near Belle Isle has been purchased and its final day will be Easter Sunday, April 16. The sale is part of larger development plan for the Islandview neighborhood, according to the buyer. The buyer is a development group called The Platform.
Last year, we heard that Peter Cummings’ development group The Platform would undergo a lot of work in New Center, Brightmoor, and Islandview. We’re finally getting a clearer picture of the Islandview redevelopment, which could be seen as a gateway to Belle Isle.
One of Detroit’s most active development teams sees the potential in large-scale projects that will have immediate and obvious impact on the central city. But they also recognize how, in a city the size of Detroit, targeted smaller projects deliver value in a different way: They re-create community.
March 28, 2017
A building in greater downtown best known for the colorful mural on its west side is under contract to Peter Cummings’ and Dietrich Knoer’s Detroit-based The Platform LLC development group, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
A group of Dutch students put their degrees on hold to pursue their passion for sustainable architecture and turn their dreams into a reality in Detroit, USA. When they first visited Detroit as architecture students, they thought they would be boldly confronted by utter decay in the wake of the bankruptcy of the city. Instead, they found a community that actively wanted to revitalise their neighbourhood. v
How high are the heating bills in your house? Three ambitious architecture students from the Netherlands are hoping to make an impact on how energy efficient methods can be incorporated into housing, specifically they want to make sustainable housing accessible to everyone.
March 24, 2017
From Holland to Motown, these architecture grads have a vision of fighting climate change by creating sustainable energy. They realized Detroit is the perfect place to achieve that goal. “We heard in Detroit, heating bills can be higher than the rent,” says Ronen Dan. “We thought we could create and share techniques that are low cost that you can do yourself.”
March 17, 2017
When Ronen Dan and Bob Hendrikx first came to Detroit from the Netherlands, they saw the blight they’d heard about in Dutch media. They also saw something else: hope. “Before we visited Detroit, we expected to see an exceptional phenomenon: a metropolitan city in full decay,” Dan recalls. “Instead, we saw a city putting itself back together and recovering its lost glory.”
March 7, 2017
As postindustrial cities look to rebrand themselves, Detroit has flourished under the perceived identity as a Midwest arts mecca. With the idea that there’s an abundance of space and cheap rent to be had, the notion was that artists and entrepreneurs alike could afford to stake claim in the Motor City and contribute to the city’s creative class.
Correction appended Detroit developer Peter Cummings’ The Platform LLC real estate company has another greater downtown building under contract for purchase. The building, located at 411 Piquette Ave. at Brush Street, is about 110,000 square feet, according to the current owner, Hannah Wickins, who said she bought it in 1989.
A rendering of the upcoming Woodpile BBQ scheduled to come to Detroit’s New Center area.(Photo: Woodpile BBQ) Woodpile BBQ Shack is the latest newcomer to Detroit’s already sizzling-hot restaurant scene, the restaurant confirmed Sunday.
Annalise Frank – Woodpile BBQ Shack in Clawson will open its second Texas-style barbecue joint in a $7.5 million redevelopment in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood, real estate developer The Platform LLC announced Sunday.
March 2, 2017
Woodpile BBQ Shack will be opening a new location in the Baltimore Station in the New Center area of Detroit, it was announced Tuesday. The first Woodpile BBQ Shack, a fast-and-casual restaurant that features Texas-style barbecue, is in Clawson.
March 1, 2017
A second Woodpile BBQ Shack location will land in the Baltimore Station in Detroit’s New Center.
Woodpile BBQ Shack will be opening a new location in the Baltimore Station in the New Center area of Detroit, it was announced Tuesday. The first Woodpile BBQ Shack, a fast-and-casual restaurant that features Texas-style barbecue, is in Clawson. The announcement came from the Platform, a Detroit-based real estate developer with several planned redevelopments in the area.
Last month my husband and I decided to try out Woodpile BBQ in Clawson. We enjoy trying out all of the different places throughout the region, so it had been on our list for a while. We all really enjoyed our meal.
February 28, 2017
DETROIT — Espresso retailers and barbecue eating places have been main staples within the surge of latest companies in Detroit’s trendiest neighborhoods, and a pair extra are on the best way.
February 27, 2017
Clawson-based barbecue slinger Woodpile BBQ Shack is poised for a Detroit expansion. The Platform, a real estate development group that counts the Kahn Building and the Fisher Building among its properties, has leased space to Woodpile in the forthcoming Baltimore Station project at 6402 Woodward Ave.
DETROIT — Coffee shops and barbecue restaurants have been major staples in the surge of new businesses in Detroit’s trendiest neighborhoods, and a couple more are on the way.
Woodpile BBQ Shack in Clawson will open its second Texas-style barbecue joint in a $7.5 million redevelopment in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood, real estate developer The Platform LLC announced Sunday.
Visitors to Fisher Building on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit’s New Center area, home of the Fisher Theatre, can feel its grandness. But over the past several years, they could also feel a certain tiredness to the building, which was in dire need of a facelift.
February 26, 2017
The building known as Detroit’s “largest art object” is in the midst of a makeover. Expert artisans perched high on scaffolding inside the Fisher Building are meticulously repairing and touching up the ornate murals that cover the soaring, vaulted arcade.
Woodpile BBQ Shack is the latest newcomer to Detroit’s already sizzling-hot restaurant scene, the restaurant confirmed Sunday.
February 23, 2017
When we heard late last year that the Fisher Building and neighboring Albert Kahn Building were going to be renovated, we were excited and unsure of what to expect. The Fisher Building is known as Detroit’s largest art object, but years of damage has led to the first phase of restoration, which is activating the arcade.
February 22, 2017
DETROIT — It’s hard to say exactly the last time work was done to restore the ornate paintings on the ceiling of the Fisher Building, or whether it was done by professionals.
Detroit’s grande dame is getting a face-lift. The remarkable murals on the Fisher Building’s vaulted ceilings suffered from years of leaks and ill-advised restoration efforts. Now the new owners — The Platform — are giving them the full beauty treatment.
February 21, 2017
Detroit’s grande dame is getting a face-lift.
The remarkable murals on the Fisher Building’s vaulted ceilings suffered from years of leaks and ill-advised restoration efforts. Now the new owners — The Platform — are giving them the full beauty treatment.
February 20, 2017
DETROIT – The elaborate ceiling paintings at the Fisher Building Arcade will be recreated Tuesday as part of the ongoing restoration of the National Historic Landmark by Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer of The Platform.
January 16, 2017
From the city’s nonprofit organizations to its biggest corporations, a range of contributors are set to alter Detroit’s landscape in 2017. Several hundred apartments units will become available in the greater downtown area this year while community development corporations plan to re-energize their neighborhoods with projects of their own.
January 3, 2017
A second Woodpile BBQ Shack location will land in the Baltimore Station in Detroit’s New Center.
Photo credit: Marvin Shaouni
November 16, 2016
The $100-million renovation of the Fisher and Albert Kahn buildings to be announced today shows Detroit has learned the right lessons about what works to create lively city neighborhoods.
November 15, 2016
A $100 million effort to restore the Fisher Building and redevelop the nearby Albert Kahn Building in Detroit is underway
November 11, 2016
…$100 million in investments that includes renovations of the Fisher building and conversion of the nearby Albert Kahn building.
November 5, 2016
Last year, three Dutch architecture students spent their holiday in Detroit. Watching the way the city’s residents contended with faulty infrastructure, disinvested neighborhoods, emergency management, water shutoffs, and tax foreclosures, these twentysomething scholars were impressed. They’ve decided to take a year off from education to put some of their ideas into practice — and doing some good for Detroiters in the process.
October 5, 2016
DETROIT – The team behind The Platform was joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other local leaders today for the ground-breaking of Third and Grand, a new $53.1 million residential building that is the first development of its kind in New Center in more than 30 years.
September 20, 2016
ABC News’ Matt Dowd and LZ Granderson talk with The Platform’s Peter Cummings Angie Reyes from the Hispanic Development Corporation about the city’s economic development.
July 10, 2016
WXYZ Detroit – On Sunday, July 10, Spotlight on the News will focus on Detroit’s future design, neighborhood clean-up and downriver healthcare.
July 7, 2016
Instead of going to grad school like most of their classmates, three architecture students in the Netherlands bought a house in Detroit when they graduated. Their goal: to turn the rundown home into a living demonstration of low-cost, DIY techniques that neighbors can use to make their own homes more sustainable.
June 28, 2016
Detroit’s designation as the only U.S. UNESCO City of Design does not mean its major problems and challenges have been solved. Rather it is a “call to action”
June 17, 2016
Three architecture students from Delft University of Technology have bought a house in Detroit with the aim to rebuild it in a sustainable way, and to start an urban regeneration movement at the same time.
June 3, 2016
Detroit — on the other side of the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy—suddenly looks like a good investment. Developer Peter Cummings (OPM 13, 1988) takes us on a tour of the city’s real estate revival
May 31, 2016
The Fisher Building, sitting north of downtown Detroit, offers its new owners both immense challenge and opportunity. Dietrich Knoer describes just the plans evolving for The Fisher Building as a “Rubik’s cube,” where one move that looks right through one lens may create a series of additional unplanned changes that require attention.
May 21, 2016
It was 4:30 a.m. one Friday, and Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer were feeling just the right kind of crazy.
That day last summer, touring Eastern Market’s Wholesale Market well before dawn, the two real estate veterans began the process of forming their new Detroit-based development company, The Platform LLC, which has more than $250 million in primarily mixed-use apartment projects in the pipeline in Midtown, New Center and around TechTown.
A few years ago, when Detroit’s recovery was still struggling to take hold, I asked Peter Cummings about the prospects of an investment in the city.
He said then that putting money into a Detroit development was 50 percent altruism.
May 22, 2016
Detroit News columnist and editorial page editor Nolan Finley reports that Cummings on Monday will announce a new development company, The Platform, that will invest $250 million to create 1,000 new apartments in Midtown, TechTown and New Center.
May 23, 2016
Two development veterans, Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer, are combining to launch The Platform, a new real estate firm with a focus on creating community for customers who value the urban lifestyle.