Michigan Central Station

This May 25, 2018 photo shows the old Michigan Central Station in Detroit.(AP Photo/Corey Williams)

Detroit Seeking Developers To Build Up Area Near Michigan Central Station

June 28, 2018 - 11:23 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - The city of Detroit is looking for a developer to build on land near the Central Train Station.

Plans for the vacant land at Bagley and 16th Street on the border of Corktown and Southwest Detroit are due August 14. The city, which currently owns the land, is looking for someone to build retail space and mixed-use, mixed-income housing.

The director of Housing and Revitalization for the City of Detroit says the land is a gap in a thriving area, and the city wants to make sure that when that gap is filled, it meets the needs of the long-term residents there.

The city is looking for developers to submit proposals that include both retail space, ideally along Bagley, and at least 20 residential units. The city is also requiring a high-quality site design, given the visibility of the site as a gateway between Southwest and Corktown. Designs must integrate the development with the existing street grid and further the development of the neighborhood as a dense, walkable community. 

Potential developers will also be required by the city to provide an affordable housing program that includes a minimum 20 percent rental units be set aside for households making 80 percent of area median income or lower. The area median income at 80 percent, set by federal housing rules, is about $38,000 a year. 

The site is located on a strong, pre-existing commercial corridor with restaurants, bars, a theater, a recreation center and grocery store. Clark Park, several Mexican restaurants and the West Riverfront Park are within a five minute drive from the site.

The city expects to select a developer by September and construction could start as early as 2019, with an expected completion date in 2021.

Plans can be submitted via email to [email protected] or in person to Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department. For more information, visit detroitmi.gov/HRD.