Andrea Perez Balderrama Detroit Free Press Published 7:31 AM EDT Aug 19, 2019 Larned Street will be closed between the Lodge Freeway and Griswold Monday morning after a sinkhole was found Sunday below Larned and Shelby, the City of Detroit said in a news release. "Motorists coming downtown are encouraged to use Bagley or Jefferson as alternate exits from the Lodge," city officials added. Detroit Department of Transportation and SMART bus routes will be altered to the nearest accessible bus stop at Spriting Plaza and motorists will be able to access Larned via Washington Boulevard for the Foundation Hotel and Crowne Plaza Detroit, according to the release. The cause of the cavity has not been determined. Crews are set to excavate and repair the issue Monday,but it is unknown how long the street will remain closed. More on freep.com: Big Sean has happy kids on his hands as he unveils studio at Boys & Girls Club in Detroit Vice President Mike Pence to speak at Detroit Economic … [Read more...] about Sinkhole closes portion of Larned Street in downtown Detroit
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Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press Published 4:55 PM EDT Jul 2, 2019 Michigan-based Plum Market's much-anticipated Detroit store opens its doors Wednesday, giving downtown residents and workers a new place to spend their lunch or coffee breaks, grab or order dinner to take home or sip beer and wine. Located on the first floor of the Ally Detroit Center at 500 Woodward Avenue, a couple of blocks south of Campus Martius, it’s Plum Markets first store billed as the upscale grocer's “condensed collection.” “It’s health conscience meets foodie and the perfect spot to be as part of Detroit’s resurgence,” said Marc Jonna, who co-founded Plum Market with his brother Matt in 2007. Inside the store, on the bustling northeast corner of Woodward and Larned, this new concept blends a fast-casual dining experience of chef-crafted menu items with a small footprint of grocery essentials, convenience and apothecary items. … [Read more...] about New Plum Market store in downtown Detroit opens Wednesday
Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Published 2:53 PM EDT May 1, 2019 It could be the best rooftop-bar view in Detroit: The Monarch Club opens May 11 atop the Metropolitan Building in the heart of downtown. Outdoor patio areas flank both sides of the indoor, 13th-floor bar, with expansive sights that include Comerica Park to the north and the Hudson skyscraper construction project to the south. "The building is in a great vantage point to downtown — you can kind of see it in a way you don't typically," said David Di Rita, principal with the Detroit-based Roxbury Group, which has redeveloped the building through a $33 million project including the 110-room Element Detroit hotel. It's anticipated to be the highest bar open to the public in downtown Detroit, with hours daily from 4 p.m to as late as midnight. It's accessed through elevators inside the building's main entrance, facing John R Street. Di Rita said this will … [Read more...] about The Monarch Club rooftop bar to open May 11 in downtown Detroit
The Detroit News Published 12:24 AM EDT Mar 23, 2019 Firefighters rushed to the historic Detroit Club downtown on Friday night to extinguish a blaze, city officials said. A mattress fire was reported about 10 p.m. in a room at the four-story building near Cass and Fort, said Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell. The 45,000-square-foot private social club, which has been at that location since the 1890s and reopened last year after major renovations, includes 10 luxury overnight rooms on the fourth floor. It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the fire, which appeared to be "relatively minor," Fornell said. No injuries or major structural damage were reported. … [Read more...] about Mattress fire reported at Detroit Club downtown
JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 5:35 PM EST Jan 21, 2019 A long-empty building in Detroit that had a trashed interior with trees growing on its roof reopened Monday following a top-to-bottom renovation as an extended-stay hotel downtown. The new 110-room hotel, called The Element at the Metropolitan, fills the old Metropolitan Building, 33 John R, which had sat vacant since 1979. It is the first Element by Westin hotel in the state, a brand owned by Marriott International with environmentally-friendly designs and features. Nightly rates start at $189. The 14-story Neo-Gothic structure opened in 1925 and for many years was nicknamed the jewelers building for the large number of diamond cutters and goldsmiths who worked there. When those businesses closed, the building fell into deep decay in the 1980s and 1990s and ownership reverted to the city. More: Detroit's Metropolitan … [Read more...] about This once-trashed downtown Detroit building has reopened.