Commercial property

cos. JV unveils design for mixed-use project

  • Conceptual rendering of future office and retail developments along Woodward Avenue adjacent to Comerica Park in the District of Detroit
  • Conceptual rendering of future office, retail and green space developments along Columbia Street in the District of Detroit
  • Conceptual rendering of future residential, commercial and office developments along Park Avenue in the District of Detroit

Related Cos. and Michigan Olympia Development offered a first look at their vision for The District Detroit, a mixed-use project in downtown Detroit.

The future development will include the Detroit Center of Innovation, which was launched in November 2019. More than two years later, the companies have released renderings that show the conceptual design of the entire project which includes residential, green, commercial office space, retail and restaurant uses.


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Under the partnership, the DCI will be anchored by the University of Michigan and its $250 million, 200,000 square foot research and education center. The DCI will also include a technology incubator, housing and green spaces, and provide a pathway for students from the city’s public schools.

Renderings show a conceptual retail development along Columbia Street, a hotel on Henry Street, a residential corridor along Park Avenue, and new parks and green space on I-75. The project plans to preserve or reuse existing historic buildings, as well as the construction of new office and restaurant and retail spaces. According to the companies, the design aims to stimulate the city’s development and benefit the community, while attracting office tenants from around the world to Detroit.

Integrate community feedback

Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., the parent company of Olympia Development of Michigan, said in prepared remarks that the project will be guided by feedback received from the community. The partnership plans to actively engage with community stakeholders to gather feedback on The District Detroit’s design.

Besides the DCI in The District Detroit, Olympia Development of Michigan has other projects in the city. Along with several residential projects, the company is currently working on new, newly renovated commercial office space in the Little Caesars World Headquarters building at 2715 Woodward Ave. and the Women’s City Club. The two companies have also already identified new opportunities for future developments in the region.