Five developers with strong Detroit roots recently received approval from the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Detroit to redevelop nine properties in the Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District. The project will feature commercial and retail space, residential units, restaurants, entertainment venues and a boutique hotel, all scheduled to be built in the next three years.
Each developer has a great story to tell, and this is the first in a series that will run in this newsletter. Hamilton Development Corp., led by Rainy Hamilton, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, will renovate the 36,000 sq. ft. building at 1435 Randolph St. in which his firm, Hamilton Anderson Associates, has been an anchor tenant for Paradise Valley. It also will build a 16,000 sq. ft. new office building on the parking lot next door at 1455 Centre St.
“As the longest standing anchor tenant in the Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District (PVCED), formally Harmonie Park, I am incredibly proud to see the push for redevelopment of the area. I am even more honored to have the opportunity to not only participate as a property owner, but also with my architecture firm, Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), serving as design lead for most of the proposed developments.
”When I decided to make the move to establish my own firm more than 21 years ago, I knew that location would play a large part in our ability to provide creative design solutions to our clients in the city. At that time, Harmonie Park was perfect, and was also the place where I held my first job out of college as an architect. This area has always been home to me.
“It is a great time in the City of Detroit, one of rebirth and resurgence. I often refer to this as the ‘second wave’ of my 30+ year-long career as an architect. HAA is fortunate enough to be involved in some of the city’s most notable development projects, including: Brush Park, The District Detroit, several projects with Wayne State University, and a number of mixed-use residential projects with private developers. Adding PVCED to our diverse portfolio is an honor, not only professionally but personally. When my 91-year-old father arrived in Detroit many years ago, Paradise Valley was his first home. This development opportunity has come full circle for me and my family.
“My proposed development at 1435 Randolph St. and 1455 Centre St. will honor the history of Paradise Valley and offer commercial office space for fledging entrepreneurs, retail and dining, and as an homage to the importance of music, a jazz alley dedicated to local and national artists.”
Rainy Hamilton, Jr., FAIA, NOMA
Hamilton Development Corp.