Mon­roe Blocks work to start in Dec.

The Detroit News - - News - BY CANDICE WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

The ground­break­ing for the $830 mil­lion Mon­roe Blocks devel­op­ment in down­town Detroit is on track for De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to Be­drock.

“Much like Hud­son’s, it’s eerily close to the same tim­ing a year ago,” said Joe Guziewicz, vice pres­i­dent of con­struc­tion for Be­drock, on Thurs­day. “We’ll do a ground­break­ing kick-off, and watch out. Work will start.”

It was last De­cem­ber that Be­drock cel­e­brated the ground­break­ing of its $1 bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Hud­son’s site. Re­moval of the un­der­ground park­ing struc­ture at that site is com­plete and this week crews be­gin deep foun­da­tion work, Guziewicz said.

The Mon­roe Blocks site is a mostly va­cant two-square-block area bounded by Mon­roe, Bates, Cadil­lac Square and Ran­dolph. Plans calls for 818,000-squarefeet of of­fice space, 170,000square-feet of re­tail space and 482 res­i­den­tial units.

Crews are prep­ping for the ground­break­ing and the tem­po­rary Wayfind­ing Skatepark is gone. Guziewicz said there are plans to re­lo­cate it.

The for­mer Na­tional The­atre will be de­mol­ished, but its fa­cade will be pre­served and moved to Farmer and in­cor­po­rated as a pedes­trian arch­way.

“It’s go­ing to go over Farmer, as we close Farmer and make it more pedes­trian-friendly,” Guziewicz said.

Be­drock

This photo il­lus­tra­tion shows how the Na­tional The­atre fa­cade might look within the Mon­roe Blocks devel­op­ment.

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