Taking Back Detroit, One Block at a Time
Posted by KAREN DYBIS Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am
If you travel down Woodward Avenue toward downtown Detroit, you’ll see retail, restaurants, an art museum, a major league ballpark and plenty more.
But there was this little block between Mack and Warren that had seen better days. It was this hideous brown color, the kind of blah exterior you drive past millions of times and never notice. The storefronts were empty; the theater hidden inside was a broken-down mess.
Now, there is life there. Ah, yes. Consider this: rehabilitation of a 32,505 square-foot historic theater and construction of approximately 30,890 square feet of modern commercial space. And as many as 150 new jobs.
Let me introduce you to my tour guide, award-winning architect Michael Poris. Poris’ firm is one of those working on the Garden Theater project, a four-phase development that will turn this blighted block into an entertainment hot spot.