Detroit’s largest rooftop lounge to be feature of 227-room Corktown hotel
DETROIT – A massive rooftop lounge will be a key feature of a new seven-story hotel set to break ground this week in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, developers said in a news release. The Godfrey Hotel, 1401 Michigan Ave., will be home to I|O, Detroit’s soon-to-be largest indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, according to developers. It will feature expansive views of downtown Detroit and Corktown. Near Michigan Central Station and a new Ford Motor Company campus, the hotel will be “a significant development in Detroit’s resurgence,” said developer John W. Rutledge of Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group. A seven-story, 188-unit apartment building with ground floor retail and 26 integrated parking spaces is expected to rise first.mlive.com
Remembering Corktown Community Pillar Greg Mudge
Greg Mudge, owner of Mudgie’s Deli in Corktown, passed away on Sept. 5 at the age of 46. Since the news of his passing, there has been an outpouring of acknowledgement from the Detroit restaurant community and beyond, and many remember Mudge for his commitment to the community and his kindness. I need to say just a few words about my friend, Greg Mudge, the owner of Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop in Corktown, who died over the weekend, suddenly, at the age of 46. We talked, and talked, and talked, and talked and he was so worked up about the possibilities of life after the pandemic, about the things that were going to come back together. We wish Greg’s family and his co-workers and everybody else peace in this moment as they try to remember Greg Mudge.wdet.org
State approves $11M in tax breaks for 2 Detroit redevelopment projects
DETROIT – Two Detroit redevelopment projects, representing more than $226 million in investment, were approved for $11 million in state tax breaks today. The city of Detroit is also supporting both projects with brownfield tax breaks. The tax break boosts the company’s projected 20-year return from 2% to 5%. The MSF board today approved a brownfield tax break of $5,034,365 to reimburse the developer, Lafayette Acquisition Partners, for those costs. “The commercial spaces will target local, place-based businesses and address underserved markets.”In addition to the state tax break, developers have local support with local portion of the brownfield tax break, estimated at $12,715,755.mlive.com
First big event of the season held at Corner Ballpark in Detroit amid noise concerns
The the first big event of the season at Corktown’s Corner Ballpark was held Saturday. It’s been a point of contention with neighbors of the Old Tiger Stadium, who complained about the loud music, late nights and crowds.
Metro Detroit bars optimistic for St. Patrick’s Day sales
Saint Patrick’s Day is a big deal to a lot of Irish bars and restaurants. Irish bars and restaurants missed out on that income in 2020, but even worse, they were fully stocked with extra food and alcohol for Saint Patrick’s Day. “Sunday would have been the parade,” Roberts said. “We had some really good activity, you know people dressed up, people in their green are coming down from the suburbs, just like they used to.”Dunleavy said a normal Saint Patrick’s Day would involved a packed house and more than 20 kegs. Many Irish restaurants are also doing carry out, so if you plan to celebrate at home you can take your corned beef to go.
Detroit bars, restaurants preparing for crowds on St. Patrick’s Day
DETROIT – Sunday will mark the second year in a row which Corktown will not have its St. Patrick’s Day parade and race due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We want everyone to come here but also be safe,” said James Castonguay with McShane’s Irish Pub in Corktown. Related: Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Parade canceled again due to COVID concernsLike other businesses, McShane’s Irish Pub is limited in its capacity, but it’s getting a lot of calls from people thinking about showing up. The restaurant opened in late March 2019, having yet to experience the flood of customers on St. Patrick’s Day. “It’s definitely a hit not having all of those people down here,” Westbrook said.
Detroit's Lady of the House restaurant quietly closed during the pandemic
click to enlarge Tom PerkinsChawanmushi from Detroit's Lady of the House. Acclaimed chef Kate Williams quietly closed her Lady of the House in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood, the latest restaurant to fall victim to the economic toll of the pandemic.The news was first reported by Eater Detroit , which noted that the social media pages for the restaurant had been taken down. In a statement, Williams confirmed the closure was permanent. "The pandemic has been ravaging small businesses for a year now and I think if this has shown us anything it’s that nothing is for certain," Williams said.The restaurant first opened its doors in 2017 in the former Baile Corcaigh.Williams also heads the Karl's restaurant in downtown Detroit's Siren Hotel, which its website says is temporarily closed. According to, Williams is hosting a weekly pop-up at Corktown's Batch Brewing Co.metrotimes.com
‘Things need to change’: Nemo’s Bar struggles to stay afloat amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – Nemo’s Bar has been a staple in Detroit’s Corktown since the 60s. The bar and grill is struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Osman is grilling up burgers himself on a small grill behind the bar, which is working for now because of the low capacity. Whitmer said about that possibility“No one’s making any dough. You know, it’s no one’s making any money.
Detroit police search for man in hit-and-run that killed 3 people on New Year’s Eve
DETROIT – Detroit police are searching for a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that killed three people on New Year’s Eve. Related: Violent collision in Detroit rips car in half, kills 3Related: Married couple identified in fatal Corktown collisionAdPolice said Ross drove a Cadillac CT6 and struck a Mercury Sable, killing Rodney and Marlene Rodriguez. Rodney Rodriguez had just picked up his wife Marlene from work at the MGM Grand Casino and was heading home. The couple was about to turn from Michigan Avenue onto 16th Street in Corktown when the Cadillac hit them at high speed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 800-Speak Up.
Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Parade canceled again due to COVID concerns
DETROIT – For the second year in a row, COVID-19 has forced organizers to cancel Detroit’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Corktown. The United Irish Societies (UIS) announced on Thursday the 63rd annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 14, 2021, has been canceled, along with related Corktown Races. “Therefore, with heartfelt disappointment, the UIS and Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade Committee have decided to cancel the 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade this year,” Kelly said. “We’re looking forward to the biggest and most successful Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in our history on Sunday, March 13, 2022. The parade route follows along Michigan Avenue through Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
Violent collision that left 3 dead in Detroit investigated as fatal hit-and-run
DETROIT – Three people were killed in a crash on New Year’s Eve in Detroit’s Corktown area. Detroit police said the crash happened around 10:40 p.m. on Michigan Avenue near 16th Street. READ: Married couple identified in fatal Corktown collisionThe occupants in the Mercury were pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police Department’s Fatal Squad at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. Married couple identified in fatal Corktown collision
Married couple identified in fatal Corktown collision
DETROIT – Family and friends of Rodney and Marlene Rodriguez are remembering the two after they died in a two-car collision on Michigan Avenue. According to a GoFundMe page, Rodney and Marlene were married for 43 years. Rodney just picked up his wife from work at a city casino when the crash happened on New Year’s Eve night. Larry and Tahisha Smith had just left MGM Casino when they saw the crash. Police said Rodney and Marlene were in their Mercury Sable which was split in half in the collision.
Violent collision in Detroit rips car in half, kills 3
DETROIT – Police are investigating a crash that killed three people just blocks from Detroit police headquarters. The violent collision spit one vehicle in half with the front in the middle of Michigan Avenue and the back half wrapped around a light pole on the eastbound side. Larry and Tahisha Smith had just left MGM Casino when they stumbled upon the crash. “He had to be going over 100 miles per hour.”“It was something I don’t ever want to see again,” Tahisha said. Anyone with information pertaining to this accident is ask to please call Detroit Police Department’s Fatal Squad at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.
3 killed in New Year’s Eve crash in Detroit’s Corktown
DETROIT – Three people were killed in a crash on New Year’s Eve in Detroit’s Corktown area. Detroit police said the crash happened around 10:40 p.m. on Michigan Avenue near 16th Street. An 87-year-old man was driving a 2017 Cadillac, traveling west on Michigan Avenue when his vehicle collided into a Mercury Sable, occupied by two people, police said. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. Anyone with information pertaining to this accident is ask to please call Detroit Police Department’s Fatal Squad at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.
Out shopping and wondering where to eat?
So you’re out shopping, you’re busy, it’s coming up on dinner time... where do you go? With lots of delicious food and a large heated outdoor patio, Bobcat Bonnie’s is a welcoming place, and that is exactly what owner Matt Buskard intended. Buskard has spent years working in restaurants and loves it, but Bobcat Bonnie’s is the first place he’s owned. “I used to run everybody else’s restaurants because at a young age I was obsessed with restaurants. Here are all of their locations:Corktown-Detroit1800 Michigan AveDetroit, Michigan 48216(313) 962-1383Wyandotte118 Sycamore St.Wyandotte, MI 48192(734) 530-1806Ypsilanti200 W Michigan Ave.Ypsilanti, MI 48197(734) 879-0663Ferndale240 W Nine Mile Rd.
Thieves steal Slows Bar BQ trailer in Corktown, owner says
DETROIT – Police are investigating a restaurant’s food trailer that was reported stolen Wednesday. “It’s 26-feet long, it’s 10,000 pounds,” said Michael Metevia, owner of Slows Bar BQ. “There’s no hiding it.”The trailer was taken from a fenced lot on Michigan Avenue at about 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Wednesday. “We parked it in our secure lot where it normally lives when we’re not using it. So when something like this happens, it is more of an emotional blow than business,” he said.
Detroit restaurant plans for outdoor dining in response to new COVID restrictions
DETROIT – In response to a newly-issued three-week shutdown, many Michigan restaurants are adding outdoor dining options to keep business flowing while meeting new statewide restrictions. Under the new restrictions, restaurants and bars can no longer offer indoor dining services until at least December 8. Carry-out and outdoor dining options are still allowed. Corktown restaurant Cork and Gabel is one of them, working to enclose their patio and ensure it is heated as winter settles in. Matthew McGrail with Cork and Gabel says the food there is one of a kind, and it’s best experienced while dining in.
Ford to revamp Detroit book warehouse into innovation hub
FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Bill Ford Jr., Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, poses in the Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Details were released Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, and are part of Ford's $740 million project to create an innovation hub to help shape the way people and goods will move around in the future. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. revealed plans Tuesday to transform a long-vacant book warehouse into a hub for automobile innovation in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. Through it all, the train station remained standing — too costly to demolish, too large for other uses, and a contradiction to its once-ornate grandeur. About 250 workers in Ford’s autonomous vehicle business unit already work out of The Factory, another building near the train station.
PJ's Lager House 'closed for foreseeable future' following new COVID-19 shutdown
MT archivesIt could be the end of an era for a Corktown bar and rock venue.According to a Facebook post on Wednesday, PJ's Lager House is "closed for the foreseeable future. ""Our business and staff have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic," owner Paul "PJ" Ryder wrote. "In the absence of any additional financial relief, we are turning to you — our customers and community — for help," Ryder wrote. In fact, they started soon after Ryder bought the Lager House in 2007. Ryder listed PJ's Lager House for sale for $2.2 million last year, citing a variety of factors, including his age and the changing character of the neighborhood.metrotimes.com
Start shopping for the holidays with local businesses
It’s a good time to start shopping for the holidays and what’s better than finding a unique gift while supporting a small business? In the past, it would attracted more than twelve thousand shoppers, but because of the pandemic she shifted and created an online shopping platform called All Things Marketplace. The Marketplace is a space where you can shop online, or in person, to find the unique gift you’re looking for. There is also going to be an All Things Marketplace Pop-up Shop in Corktown that will include 25 local businesses. The pop-up shop is at The Build Institute at The Corner, 1620 Michigan Ave Suite #120 in Detroit.
How to see Michigan Central Station’s Halloween drive-through light show experience
DETROIT - The historic Michigan Central Station is once again being resurrected for a family-friend Halloween event. “Glowing ghosts and spooky goblins are out to light up Michigan Central Station,” is the description of the Halloween event on its Facebook page. “Cruise by to see a spectacular light show from the safety of your vehicle.”The drive-through Halloween event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. on both October 30 and 31. This isn’t the first time Ford has hosted some Halloween fun at Michigan Central Station. The automaker held a huge community Halloween party back in 2018, not long after it purchased the depot.mlive.com
PJ’s Lager House in Corktown closed temporarily due to COVID-19 exposure
DETROIT – Popular Corktown bar and music venue PJ’s Lager House -- ranked one of Detroit’s top five music venues -- will be closing temporarily due to an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the employee has been placed under quarantine and the venue will not reopen until all staff members have two consecutive negative tests. Patrons who visited PJ’s Lager House, located on Michigan Avenue, between Oct. 9 and Oct. 12 are recommended to get tested. The restaurant said patrons can support the venue by purchasing merchandise during the closure. Michigan.gov has a list of resources available to those concerned about COVID-19.
Shuttered Gold Cash Gold brings limited-seating brunch pop-up to Detroit's West Village
Though it's been eight long months since Gold Cash Gold served its final brunch after announcing that the Corktown eatery would be closing its doors, the culinary team has resurrected its brunch service — for a one weekend pop-up with limited seating in West Village. Organizers will be sanitizing surfaces every 20 minutes and ask that people limit the lobby to one party at a time. Also, the staff “will not be making any contact such as high fives or hugs,” according to chef Enszer Instagram post. The goal I have had since day one here is to continue to grow and push and educate all who comes through our doors,” chef Edwards wrote in February. Find out the latest Detroit dining news with our weekly food newsletter delivered every Friday morning.metrotimes.com
Corner Ballpark noise complaints persist despite promises to neighbors
DETROIT – The event schedule at The Corner Ballpark in Corktown has not slowed down and has not quieted down as promised. At one recent event, neighbors endured a low-flying helicopter accompanied by police sirens. Jamerson is trying to walk a fine line -- Create revenue to support the programs that benefit many Detroit kids while being a good neighbor to residents living nearby. PAL has received emails from appreciative neighbors in the last few weeks but there still are complaints. Some people reached out to Local 4 News with their complaints and said they’re afraid to call the police on the police.
Virtual tour offers peek at renovations inside Michigan Central Station
Take a look inside Michigan Central Station in Detroit as Ford continues its renovation of the historic train depot. The Handbuilt City toured the building recently and created a virtual tour showing progress inside. After pausing due to the pandemic, renovation work at Michigan Central resumed in early August. Ford Motor Co. bought the iconic building just outside downtown in 2018 for research and development of self-driving vehicles. Look back: A brief history of Michigan Central Station as historic Detroit train depot prepares for new chapterWork on the 500,000-square-foot (46,000-square-meter) building is still expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Michigan restaurants prepare for winter amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – Autumn is here and that means -- among other things -- winter is coming. The coming colder temperatures could be tough on local restaurants who have relied on outdoor patio seating to survive the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That was the right at the beginning of the recession,” said owner Greg Mudge. Just down Porter Street, at Batch Brewing Company, they’re also adapting by transforming their parking lot into an outdoor biergarten. We’re going to put a couple of tube heaters underneath it and then we’re going to particularly enclose it,” Roginson said.
Detroit Institute of Bagels closes, but new owners could revive it
The beloved Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown has closed after seven years on Michigan Avenue. After shutting down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DIB reopened with limited hours and fulfillment options in May. The bagel shop paused operations again in July after a delivery truck mishap knocked out their power lines and fried their walk-in fridge. Since then, DIB owner Ben Newman decided to step away from the business entirely, listing the building and equipment for sale. So while the current Detroit Institute of Bagels is closed, hope for a reboot is not lost.
Corktown neighbors meet with Detroit Police Athletic League over loud concerts
DETROIT Several neighbors in Corktown met with the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) to talk about housekeeping issues. Erin Gavle lives next door to the PAL stadium, off of Michigan Avenue in Corktown. She said for the most part, theyre good neighbors, but the loud music, trash on the ground and crazy parking jobs, overlook the good. Local 4 News obtained video of cars lined up on Michigan Avenue in Corktown, causing traffic backup. CEO Robert Jamerson with PAL said he understands their neighbors concerns and its important to work together.
Residents voice complaints about late night concerts at The Corner Ballpark in Detroit
DETROIT The corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull is sacred ground to Detroit residents. Concerts hosted at the Corner Ballpark are drawing complaints. According to the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), they have operated within the agreement it has with the city. PAL said the ballpark is used to host diverse events that provide much-needed funding for its sports programs. There were some residents who didnt want to go on camera but did say they had no complaints about the concerts.
Take in the beauty of the city on one of these Detroit restaurant patios
We are in the dog days of summer, and what better way to enjoy the nice weather than to enjoy a meal or drinks on a patio? Kila Peeples went to three restaurant patios in Detroit that not only offer amazing food, but also a great ambiance. Cork and Gabel in Corktown is known for its tasty cuisine, and features an eclectic patio that has a direct view of the historic Michigan Central Train Depot. The restaurant has expanded its eye-catching patio into The Garden, where you can people-watch and listen to music from the adjacent beach area. Watch the video above to see these cool patios.
Detroit PAL kicks off new season at The Corner Ballpark
DETROIT It was a welcome sight in Corktown throughout the day with the Police Athletic League kicking off a new season at the Corner Ballpark. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced a lot of changes to keep the players and staff safe. It was a tight game between the Southwest Tigers and Southwest Astecs on Monday night. The number one thing for Detroit PAL is to do it safely, director of athletics David Greenwood said. You cant see it right now but Im actually smiling its great to see kids playing in an athletic way.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- June 2, 2020
It was another powerful night of protests against police brutality in the name of George Floyd in Detroit. On Monday, the group of 300-400 marched through Corktown, Mexicantown and then returned to Downtown Detroit. The event ended peacefully by the time Detroits 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 57,532 as of Monday, including 5,516 deaths, state officials report. Sundays total was 57,397 confirmed cases and 5,491 deaths.
Coronavirus hits pause on Detroits housing market
Then the buyer stopped returning their messages. For the housing market, especially in Detroit, the pandemic has resulted in a virtual pause. Because the market has effectively been put on pause, there hasnt yet been any noticeable change in property values. Traditionally, the health of the housing market hasnt been strongly correlated to the economy at large. But were kind of at a standstill at the moment.Much like Detroits housing market.detroit.curbed.com
Development news roundup: impact of coronavirus, Hudsons tower height revealed
As youd expect when in the midst of a global pandemic, development news has been relatively slow the past couple of weeks. Coronavirus and constructionDevelopers are trying to grapple with how COVID-19 will affect the global economy and construction. The Hudsons development, demolition of Joe Louis Arena, and several Ilitch projects (Detroit Medical Center Sports Medicine Institute, Womens City Club, Hotel Eddystone) are still moving forward as planned. Hudsons tower height finalizedAfter months of uncertainty about the ultimate height of the tower at the Hudsons site development, Bedrock Detroit has finally announced the number. Boutique hotel coming to CorktownA $45-million hotel project is looking to open at Michigan Avenue and Eighth Street in Corktown.detroit.curbed.com
For $725K, a former body garage ideally located in Corktown
On Bagley Street just off Tumbull Avenue (right next to restaurants Folk and Mink), a former body garage listed for $725,000. The 2,300-square-foot cinder block property was built in the 1930s and called the Bagley Body Garage, according to the listing. The building could be repurposed for a number of creative uses, including a unique studio, commercial, or residential space. Many expensive properties have sold in Detroits oldest neighborhood over the last few years, driving up property values. 1524 Bagley Street is listed for $725,000 with James Tumey of Friedman Real Estate.detroit.curbed.com
Detroit St. Patricks Day Parade in Corktown
The annual Detroit St. Patricks Day Parade typically runs through Corktown on in mid-March. Experience a Detroit tradition and try to avoid getting pinched at the 62nd annual Detroit St. Patricks Day Parade on March 15, 2020, in Corktown. The family-friendly St. Patricks Day event, which is sponsored by the United Irish Societies, steps off at Sixth St. then heads down Michigan Ave. to 14th St. After you eat, you can run off the corned beef and hash at the 38th annual Corktown Races before the parade kicks off. For more details on the 62nd annual Detroit St. Patricks Day Parade or details on other family fun things to do this weekend visit the Metro Parent calendar.metroparent.com
Dance in the dark with metro Detroit bands paying tribute to Bruce Springsteen at PJ's Lager House
click to enlarge Northfoto/Shutterstock.comThough New Jersey may stake claim to 70-year-old boss babe and proud member of the resistance Bruce Springsteen, Detroit also has a hungry and heart.For Darkness on the Edge of Corktown: a Springsteen Tribute, PJs Lager House has enlisted 20 local singer-songwriters to pay tribute to the man who gave us arguably one of the most perfect records of all time, 1982s. Among those who will take on Springsteens prolific 50-year career are Ryan Dillaha, Matt Dmits, Don Doop Duprie, Kate Hinote, Mike Galbraith, Emily Rose, Dave Toennies, Courtney Hurley, and Detroit House of Music founder Audra Kubat, among others. This might be Detroits closest thing to a Springsteen and E Street Band experience for now, considering the Born to Run hunk recently revealed that he and the band will record in the fall and take their show on the road in 2021.metrotimes.com
What $1,000 rents in Detroit right now
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence has some hardwood floors and wood trim that seem to be in great shape. This unique duplex runs along Fox Creek and is only a few blocks from AB Ford Park and the Detroit River. The two-bedroom unit has been recently renovated and has a new kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, updated bath, and more. The recently renovated two-bedroom residence comes with refinished hardwood floors and brand new kitchen appliances. Piety HillA spacious 2,328-square-foot unit in a duplex on Clairmount Street is renting for $1,000 per month.detroit.curbed.com
Detroit police open investigation after body found in Corktown building
DETROIT – Police have opened an investigation Thursday morning after a man’s body was found in Corktown. Detroit Police officers shut down the street as crime scene investigators and homicide investigators try to determine how the man died. Sources told Local 4 that police believe the man could have been breaking into the building, cut an artery and quickly bled to death. People who know the victim told Local 4 they believe he was seeking shelter from the cold. Police said the man did not freeze to death, but that he may have been seeking shelter from the cold.
What $280K buys in Detroit right now
Boston-EdisonA 2,644-square-foot home on Edison Street is listed with Shelby Drabek of Red Carpet Premier for $289,900. This Tudor-style home near the Detroit Golf Course has a lovely brick exterior with some stone accents. This tiny Victorian cottage has a charming wood exterior with a lovely bay window and designs on the roof overhang. Theres some nice wood paneling and window trim, as well as exposed wood beams, though much of floor is new. Inside theres an astounding six bedrooms, and even a finished basement converted into a mother-in-law suite with a mini-kitchen.detroit.curbed.com
Nemo's Bar in Detroit to host 33rd Annual Babe Ruth Birthday Party
click to enlarge Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain via the Sporting News ArchivesBabe Ruth, 1922. Once again, Tom Derry and his band of merry groundskeepers pay tribute to the Great Bambino with a birthday bash of Ruthian proportions at Nemos Bar & Grill in historic Corktown. As usual, the walls of Nemos will be covered from floor to ceiling with Derrys insane collection of Babe Ruth memorabilia. This years special guests include the Babes grandson, Tom Stevens, and his great-grandson, Brent Stevens. Free hot dogs, Cracker Jack, and Baby Ruth bars for all.metrotimes.com
In Corktown, rent one of Detroits oldest homes for $1,875
Want to live in Corktown, Detroits oldest neighborhood? Then you could also live in one of Detroits oldest homes. On Wabash Street, right in the shadow of Michigan Central Station, the Joseph H. Esterling House is renting for $1,875 per month. (We couldnt find much about the homes historyif you have some info, let us know in the comments.) 2245 Wabash Street is leasing through Emily Kinnison of OConnor Real Estate for $1,875 per month.detroit.curbed.com
What $2,500 rents in Detroit right now
Welcome to this weeks installment of Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent for a certain dollar amount in various Detroit neighborhoods. DowntownA 946-square-foot unit in the Book Cadillac building on Shelby Street is renting for $2,400 per month. The one-bedroom unit has a new kitchen with a passthrough to the living room. CorktownA 1,237-square-foot unit at the recently completed Elton Park off Trumbull Avenue is renting for $2,450 per month. New CenterA 1,593-square-foot unit in the Lofts at New Amsterdam building on 2nd Avenue is renting for $2,470 per month.detroit.curbed.com
Local 4 News at 11 -- Nov. 7, 2019
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 11:Paid leave controversyThere have been few developments in the case against two off-duty Detroit police officers who were working security at a Corktown bar when one of them allegedly threw a drunk patron to the ground, putting that person in a coma. Both officers were suspended and are facing charges, but 20 months after, theyre still getting paid and havent gone to trial. The incident happened during St. Patricks Day Parade festivities on March 11, 2018.
Detroit police lieutenant, officer charged in 2018 Corktown bar assault still on paid leave
Timothy Larrance Leach, 48, and Officer Frederick Eugene Person, 53, are accused of assaulting Michael Ryan Karpovich, 42, of Washington Township. In May 2018 Leach was charged with assault to do great bodily harm, aggravated assault, neglect of duty, no license security guard and tampering with evidence. In May 2018 Person was charged with obstruction of justice, neglect of duty and tampering with evidence. Some appeals by Leachs attorney have stalled the case, but nearly two years after the incident the officers are still getting paid. Leach was charged with a felony, but he was overruled by a majority on the Board of Police Commissioners, which included Willie Bell.
Check out the amazing turnaround of a Second Empire home on Vinewood Street
This one on Vinewood Street, now for rent, is up there with the best. Kelly and David Larson have renovated several properties in Corktown, including two on Vermont Street and a multi-family on Dalzelle Street. The home at 3311 Vinewood Street just outside Southwest Detroit was built all the way back in 1877. The home is in the Second Empire styledistinguished by the mansard roof and dormer windowsexamples of which are mostly found in Brush Park mansions. Theres very little original trim, but the new baseboards are the exact same size and dimension.detroit.curbed.com
The Corner at old Tiger Stadium site officially opens
The Corner, a 111-unit mixed use structure on the site of the old Tiger Stadium, opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The apartments are a mixture of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units with 20 percent being available for those who make 80 percent of the area median income (around $42,000). According to The Corners website, studios are around 450 square feet and rent for a little over $1,000. The Corner is just one of many recent developments near the old Tiger Stadium, which was demolished in 2008. The Towns @ The Corner added 34 for-sale townhomes to the site, which sell for around $500,000.detroit.curbed.com
For now, MDOT will not sell Greyhound station near Corktown
Last week, it looked as if the Greyhound bus station on Howard Street near downtown and Corktown wouldnt be around much longer. The decision was made after a September 16 site visit to Detroits Amtrak station in New Center, which was thought to be a possible landing spot for Greyhound. We conducted multiple tests with a typical intercity motor coach and determined the Amtrak facility is too narrow for these buses to safely pull out into traffic. Last week, MDOT said that a number of developers had expressed interest in buying the 2.2-acre Greyhound site, and were likely to demolish the station to make way for a new development. MDOT informed Greyhound that it had to vacate by October 13, which left the bus company scrambling for a new location.detroit.curbed.com
Stroh's is launching a new Detroit-brewed Lager
"Stroh's also produces its Bohemian Pilsner at Brew Detroit, and last summer rolled out a summer wheat called Spirit Witbier. "Working with local people and businesses to create Detroit Lager has been a a true collaboration that symbolizes our desire play a meaningful role in Detroits future. "Strohs tapped Detroit-based designer Jesse Kassel for the Detroit Lager label design and an update for the Bohemian Pilsner. The oxblood and gold Detroit Lager label is a tribute to Detroit City FC, of which Stroh's is a sponsor.Strohs Detroit Lager will be available in cans and bottles at select bars and retailers throughout Michigan beginning Aug. 12. It will also be available to sample at Best of Detroit party on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Roostertail.metrotimes.com
PJ's Lager House isn't gone yet so it's throwing a Rock 'n' Roll BBQ
click to enlarge Courtesy of Deal BreakersRock n roll and barbecue? Less than a month since PJ Ryder announced that he listed his Corktown venue, PJs Lager House, for $2.2 million, some bands are coming together to celebrate the Lager House with a summer blowout. As for food, BBQ fare will be available thanks to Pat Burns, as will New Orleans-style cuisine from PJ himself. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 20; 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; facebook.com/lagerhouse. Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning.metrotimes.com
PJ Ryder on why hes selling the Lager House
In late June, PJs Lager House in Corktown listed for $2.2 million. Heres our interview with Ryder on why hes selling the Lager House, which has been edited for space and clarity. Curbed Detroit: How have things been since you listed the Lager House and received all this media attention? In the 40s through the 60s, the Lager House was a place where actors coming to Detroit went to dinner, where politicians hung out. Eventually it switched to garage and punk, and people think thats legacy of the Lager House.detroit.curbed.com
Lager House lists for $2.2M; owner cites changing Corktown
Corktown has changed a great deal since Paul PJ Ryder bought the Lager House in 2007 for $350,000. The changing character of Corktown is one of several reasons Ryder has cited for putting up the local watering hole and live music venue in late June. Ryder told the Metro Times that his age (65 years old) and the fact that hes never taken a paycheck in 12 years were factors. Thats what kind of place Corktown was. He told the Detroit News that hes already gotten some offers, but has turned them down.detroit.curbed.com
PJ Ryder explains why he's selling Detroit rock 'n' roll bar PJ's Lager House for $2.2 million
We have written about Ryder , and regularly feature events at the Lager House in our coverage. Anyway, I digress...In realty, PJ's Lager House faced financial difficulty from the beginning. For a stretch between the mid-2000s and the early 2010s, I was either at the Lager House or the Magic Stick almost every week. "We have great, great musicians in this town, and they come and play PJ's all the time, and we have great people that are coming to PJ's. Other buildings in the area have sold for $1 million, and the Lager House, in operation since 1914, is not just a building, but a brand.metrotimes.com
Southwest Detroit Community Conversation
Lex Zavala, Director of Programs, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation:Being a lifetime resident of of Detroit, um, my family got to Corktown in the 1890s and growing up, everything from the Lodge freeway to River Rouge, from Jefferson to Warren, was Southwest Detroit. You know, it was kind of off limits, and Southwest Detroit was an island that nobody gave two S*** about. Theyve came to the program but at home theyre living a different situation where at any time theyre gonna be unrooted for where theyre at. Theyre gonna be sent to their countries or theyre gonna have to stay with an uncle or an aunt and their family dynamics is gonna change. Lex Zavala, Director of Programs, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation:Southwest Detroit is a border town.detroitpbs.org