Monroe Blocks development breaks ground in downtown Detroit

Austin Black II

One of Detroit’s largest developments officially broke ground today. Dan Gilbert’s Monroe Blocks will bring an office tower, residential, and green space to the area between Campus Martius and Greektown.
The development will bring 847,000 square feet of office space, an estimated 482 residential units, and 117,000 square feet of retail space to the city blocks.
“The world’s most innovative professionals and companies demand an environment that inspires and has a positive impact the surrounding area,” said Dan Gilbert. “Monroe Blocks places ample open space and cutting-edge technology at the literal center of the city, while offering a new landmark gathering place for Detroiters and visitors alike.”
The development is divided into two sections, with the 35-story office tower and a 17-story residential building rising on Block A—closer to Campus Martius—and more residential buildings going up on Block B—closer to Greektown. Farmer Street, which runs through the middle, will close to vehicular traffic. Nearly two acres of land will be converted into public space.
Read the full Curbed article here.

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