Detroit's tallest building getting even taller; latest plans also include observation deck

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Detroit's planned tallest new tower is getting taller, more expensive, and even glitzier than before in new renderings

Detroit's tallest new building just got taller.

Businessman Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate arm said Wednesday that its planned Hudson's site project will now rise to 800 feet, about 70 feet taller than previously announced.

And a public observation deck has been added to the plans, promising the best views for miles around.

The extra height will now allow the tower — still unnamed — to rise several stories taller than the Renaissance Center, instead of just a few feet higher, as before.

Ground-breaking is still set for Dec. 1, with completion expected to take at least three years.




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An updated rendering from September 2017 of the proposed building on the Hudson's site in downtown Detroit that will be built by Bedrock and designed by SHoP Architects with Hamilton Anderson Associates (Photo: SHoP Architects)

Other new details presented to the Detroit Downtown Development Authority on Wednesday:

  • The cost will rise to about $900 million — before, it was estimated merely to top $700 million. Bedrock estimated that about 10% of the cost will be covered by public incentives such as tax increment financing and the rest by Bedrock's private sources of investment.
  • The number of residential apartments will total about 330.
  • In a major conceptual change, the project will now split into two distinct structures instead of one huge block of a building. The 800-foot residential tower will be separated from the main office and retail structure by a 60-foot wide open-air promenade.
  • A lot of the retail space initially planned to be below grade will be brought up to surface level with garage-type doors that can open to the street.
  • The side facing Farmer Street will be activated with much more retail and street amenities.


Contact John Gallagher: 313-222-5173 or Follow him on Twitter @jgallagherfreep.

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