Civic and business leaders rolled out big plans Thursday for Detroit's Woodward Corridor.
The Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures founder detailed their plans about a series of temporary shops and restaurants.
The plan is centered on creating six distinct and unique destinations that draw people to the region, give them an experience that will make them want to return frequently and where they will want to spend more time.
--Renderings from Opportunity Detroit plan
The development of a retail strategy for the Woodward Corridor has been under way for seven months. Four urban planning firms are involved in the project.
Woodward Avenue stretches north through the city from the downtown riverfront.
The federal Transportation Department also has committed $25 million to build a $140-million, 3.3-mile streetcar line along Woodward.
Papa Joe's Market coming to downtown
Rock Ventures says plans are being finalized for a Papa Joe's Gourmet Market to move into the First National building near Campus Martius Park.
Papa Joe’s would occupy approximately 15,000 square feet of first floor space adjacent to the Roasting Plant in the building. While meeting the growing demand for a downtown grocer, the new market is also expected to create 80 new jobs.
“This is a historic opportunity to be on the ground floor of my hometown’s retail revitalization,” said Papa Joe’s Founder Tony Curtis. “As a grocer, it is a point of pride to bring healthy, fresh groceries and specialty foods back to downtown.”
According to Curtis, the concept for the new store is a little different than the typical Papa Joe’s. In addition to everything available at Papa Joe’s suburban locations, the downtown location will also include delivery and table service for gourmet pizza, pasta, Thai food, sushi as well as a full liquor license. A native Detroiter, Curtis opened his first store in 1971 at 10 Mile and Schoenherr in Warren and currently has locations in Birmingham and Rochester Hills.