The Woodward Garden Block is beneficiary of a  $30 million redevelopment. (Ara Howrani)

The Woodward Garden Block is beneficiary of a
$30 million redevelopment. (Ara Howrani)

Midtown Detroit encompasses neighborhoods  in a 2.8 square-mile (7.3 sq km) area of the city.

Midtown Detroit encompasses neighborhoods
in a 2.8 square-mile (7.3 sq km) area of the city.

Developer: Midtown Detroit Inc.
Consultant: U3 Ventures
Partner: Invest Detroit

In the midst of a national story of ruin, Midtown Detroit, a 2.8-square-mile (7.3 sq km) collection of neighborhoods, is emerging as a symbol of a reimagined Detroit complete with new development, a focus on density and walkability, and a growing, diverse population. Deploying a holistic place-based strategy for urban revitalization, Midtown Detroit Inc. (MDI), together with civic, anchor-institution, and philanthropic partners, has invested in capacity building, infrastructure, and public spaces; deployed local living, hiring, and purchasing practices; and established itself as a hub for productive innovation.

More than $3.3 billion has been invested in development since 2003, including the following six projects:

  • Woodward Garden Block, a $30 million historic redevelopment;
  • the Sugar Hill Arts District, a $60 million arts district;
  • the Ellington, a $19 million mixed-use building with a new Whole Foods grocery store;
  • the Auburn, a $12 million mixed-use project;
  • the Green Garage, a $1.5 million sustainable business incubator that pools expertise in sustainability, business development, finance, and marketing; and
  • the Tech Town District Plan for a mixed-use innovation district that is leading the city’s transition from an automotive to an innovation-based economy.
The N’namdi Center for Contemporary art in the Sugar Hill Arts District. Midtown Detroit Inc.)

The N’namdi Center for Contemporary art in the Sugar Hill Arts District. Midtown Detroit Inc.)

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company’s  coffee bar in the Woodward Garden Block. (Midtown Detroit Inc.)

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company’s
coffee bar in the Woodward Garden Block. (Midtown Detroit Inc.)

The N’namdi Center for Contemporary art in the Sugar Hill Arts District. Midtown Detroit Inc.)

The N’namdi Center for Contemporary art in the Sugar Hill Arts District. Midtown Detroit Inc.)

Garfield, in the Sugar Hill Arts District, is a  rehabilitation of a 1922 building into 20 apartment/loft  spaces where artists can live and work. Midtown Detroit Inc.)

Garfield, in the Sugar Hill Arts District, is a
rehabilitation of a 1922 building into 20 apartment/loft
spaces where artists can live and work. (Midtown Detroit Inc.)