Downtown development has continued to build momentum in 2016. As each development was completed, many more were announced. Vacant office buildings have been renovated, public spaces have been enhanced with world-class attractions and new transportation
infrastructure is being implemented through innovative methods to move people.

DDP has been an integral part in every step of the process, partnering with the City of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in advancing Downtown development and policy initiatives. We have also administered comprehensive planning strategies ready for implementation as part of a collective vision that encourages Downtown growth and development.

Downtown Infrastructure and Nonmotorized Transportation Strategy
With support from local consultants, City Form Detroit and Giffels Webster Engineers, we completed a conceptual plan to improve the Downtown’s core area public infrastructure to support more walkable and bikeable streets, catalyze economic development, and connect to citywide districts and neighborhoods. This plan is being leveraged to raise implementation funds for the completion of major infrastructure improvement projects coordinated with the opening of M-1 RAIL in the spring of 2017.

Capitol Park Renovation
DDP, with support from New York-based Project for Public Spaces, completed an extensive community engagement and conceptual design process with Capitol Park area stakeholders leading to the creation of a redesigned park that will better serve the growing residential population and support ground floor businesses as the district continues to mature as a Downtown destination.

DTE Energy Grand River Public Space
We continue to provide active support to DTE Energy’s initiative to construct a new privately owned public space on Grand River Avenue and Cass. It is intended to create a new amenity on the west side of Downtown and act as a catalyst to attract additional economic development opportunities.

Key Facts

  • Since 2006, $6 billion has been invested in real estate development projects in Greater Downtown.
  • Between 2010 and 2012, $2.1 billion was invested in a total of 130 projects.

For a more comprehensive look into the DDP’s strategies and reach, download the 2015 Annual Report.