Related and Olympia Development expect to begin construction well in advance of the timeline required by the TBP of our 10-building development project we received approval for in April. In preparation, we held our first Contractors Fair, made our Annual Contribution to Affordable Housing Development and Preservation Fund, hosted multiple public design charrettes for The Plaza, opened The District Detroit Opportunity Center and sent out bid packages for 2200 Woodward.
We have the exclusive rights to develop parking, bars, restaurants, entertainment, and similar uses on the sites proposed for the 2200 Woodward, 2250 Woodward, and 2300 Woodward developments via an existing Concessions Management Agreement. Additionally, the Stadium Authority supports the development of these sites for the office and residential developments we have planned, and its Board has granted us the option to acquire them subject to agreement on terms acceptable to both parties. We are currently in active discussions with the Stadium Authority.
#1 Community Design Charette for The Plaza
Olympia Development of Michigan and Related Companies held the first design charrette session with representatives from the City of Detroit and members of the community to exchange programming ideas for The Plaza, the planned pedestrian-only area in front of Comerica Park’s main entrance between 2200 & 2250 Woodward.
As part of our ongoing commitment to community engagement and creating job opportunities for Detroiters, Olympia Development of Michigan and Related Companies held its first Contractor Fair on June 27 in partnership with Detroit at Work. The Contractor Fair is one in a long chain of events aimed at engaging the community in the planning, building and activating of The District Detroit.
#1 Traffic & Parking Planning Session Design Charette for The Plaza
In accordance with the CBA, a traffic and parking meeting was held with representatives from ODM/Related, parking consultant WSP, the city of Detroit and two Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Liaisons.
Woodward Accessibility Planning Study
Related and Olympia Development, City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department (CRIO) & Planning and Development Department (PDD) and Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Liaisons met with an accessibility consultant to discuss accessibility the new projects in The District Detroit.
Related and Olympia Development retained Code Consultants, Inc. (CCI) to consult on accessibility and ADA compliance and act as a liaison between the developer and representatives of The District Detroit Neighborhood Advisory Committee.
Financial contribution to Detroit Affordable Housing fund
Related and Olympia Development made their first $350,000 contribution to Detroit’s Affordable Housing Development and Preservation Fund in support of affordable housing in Detroit.
#2 Colleague & Community Design Charette for The Plazaility Consultant
Olympia Development of Michigan and Related Companies held the second of three design charrette sessions with employees of the Ilitch companies to exchange ideas about programming Columbia Plaza, the pedestrian-only area in front of Comerica Park’s main entrance.
The District Detroit Opportunity Center
Related and Olypmia Development celebrated the grand opening of The District Detroit Opportunity Center. Located at 2277 Woodward Avenue and accessible via public transportation, the center aims to connect Detroit’s current and future residents with various services, including jobs, workforce training and housing.
# 3 Community Design Charette for The Plaza
Olympia Development of Michigan and Related Companies held the third design charrette session with representatives from the City of Detroit and members of the community to exchange ideas about programming Columbia Plaza, the pedestrian-only area in front of Comerica Park’s main entrance. This discussion was facilitated by Detroit-based and Black-owned JIMA Studio and MKSK Studios.
Detroit Construction Conference
Olympia Development Vice President of Construction, Zarah Karapetyan-Broglin, and Related Companies Midwest Vice President of Construction, Stephanie Calhoun, participated in the Detroit-at-Work Construction Conference to discuss construction opportunities with attendees.
The District Detroit Opportunity Center
Olympia Development and Related hosted invited guests to the new Opportunity Center to see the benefits it brings to the community and to make connections between people who are working to move Detroit forward. Guests at the open house included NAC members, elected officials and interested city residents who had participated in previous outreach sessions.
Standing Monday Sessions with Partners
In a regular, weekly cadence, VP of Government and Community affairs communicates CBA milestones and complementary impact activities for the residents of Detroit. City departments include PDD, the administration and CRIO. Additionally, NAC members are engaged in CBA milestone updates and events.
Good Cakes and Bakes Grand Opening
Good Cakes and Bakes, a longtime Detroit favorite pastry shop, opened at 22 W. Columbia Street in the heart of The District Detroit. Co-owners April Anderson and Michelle Anderson were joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Detroit City Council Member Mary Waters, and Council Member Fred Durhall III.
Columbia street soccer tailgate
The District Detroit welcomed soccer fans from around the globe for a free pre-match tailgate on Columbia Street. Fans and teams from near and far enjoyed the ultimate soccer experience ahead of the preseason face-off between Crystal Palace FC and Sevilla FC at Comerica Park.
American red Cross Blood Drive
The District Detroit partnered with the American Red Cross to help address declining blood donations. For the sixth year the blood drive at Little Caesars Arena the blood drive exceeded expectations and the total units collected will save as many as 569 lives.