Riverfront Redevelopment is Real — and DEGC is Ready

Last week DEGC joined the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) and the City of Detroit to announce details of a framework plan that will preserve more of Detroit’s riverfront land for public use and create greater community access.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Creating nearly eight acres of additional park space on the East Riverfront.
  • Increasing community through two new “Dequindre Cut” style greenways
  • Streetscape improvements to make E. Jefferson more attractive and bike and pedestrian friendly
  • Sale of publicly owned land through the release of RFPs

The plan has special significance for DEGC, because our involvement goes back more than fifteen years. DEGC staff, acting for the EDC, managed the creation of the 2003 East Riverfront Plan that envisioned the transformation of the district from obsolete industrial land to a mixed use of recreational, residential and other developments. DEGC’s project management role included work on sections of the RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut and Trail, the acquisition and demolition of cement silos, facilitating the adaptive reuse of the Globe Building and managing deals and site remediations that led to Orleans Landing, among many other projects.

All those activities required forging new collaborations with solid partners, such as the City of Detroit, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Riverfront Conservancy. We are very pleased that those and other partnerships are continuing stronger than ever. DEGC will continue to be a lead player in implementing the riverfront plan — starting with the release of a request for proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Stone Soap building. It’s incredibly exciting to see what’s in store, and we are grateful to be working with such great partners and stakeholders.

Use this link to download the Stone Soap RFPQ, or share the link page with others who may be interested in it.

Please take a look at the presentation of the Your East Riverfront Plan in the DEGC Reference Library.

Follow East Riverfront news at the dedicated website: YourDetroitEastRiverfront.org

The Free Press gave the story very good coverage in Thursday’s edition.

Orleans Landing holds groundbreaking ceremony along Detroit riverfront


Orleans Landing, a $65 million, expansive mixed-use development which spans nearly eight acres along the Detroit riverfront, officially broke ground in October.

It will be the first new market-rate residential neighborhood construction project on Detroit’s east riverfront in 25 years. This neighborhood and mixed-use community will feature 278 apartments and 10,500 square feet of retail space.

The residential plans include one- and two-bedroom homes, flats, hybrid retail/lofts, and 30 townhouses with garages, all built to Enterprise Green Community criteria. Affordable housing rates will be offered on 20 percent of the available residential units.

The project was made possible by a partnership of public organizations including the City of Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Strategic Fund, a Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority loan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other private partners. Construction is projected to be completed April 2017.

Will Tamminga
Director of Project Management