DTE Energy signs agreement with Roxbury to develop mixed-use project in US

WCN Editorial Team 10 May 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

US-based DTE Energy has entered into an agreement with The Roxbury Group of Detroit to develop an 11-acre mixed-use and public space project on the former Michigan Consolidated Gas Company industrial site bordering the Huron river in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The project, located at Broadway Street at the Huron river, is expected to fetch more than $75m investment to the currently vacant site.

Expected to be called Broadway Park, the development will provide public access to a section of Ann Arbor's southern riverfront.

Nearly nine acres will be developed into open space and green infrastructure, with 1,200 feet of restored Huron river shoreline.

The project is also expected to include an 8,000ft² year-round event pavilion, 100 residential condominiums, a boutique select hotel and 20,000ft² of retail space, including space for a restaurant facing the Huron river.

DTE and The Roxbury Group have brought together a team of local and national professionals, including SmithGroup/JJR of Ann Arbor, Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates Architects, and SME Consultants of Plymouth, Michigan, to assist in the design of the project.

New York-based Project for Public Spaces will assist in developing the programming and design of the public space in Broadway Park.

PPS will be conduct stakeholder outreach sessions to gather community input during the design and development process for the public space.

Later, The Roxbury Group will seek entitlements and permits for the project by the end of 2018.

Construction is expected to commence immediately after obtaining entitlements and permits.

For over a century, the site was used as a service centre of Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. Prior to that, it was a coal-gasification facility.

DTE Energy acquired the facility through its merger with MCN Energy and MichCon in 2001. DTE Energy closed and demolished the remaining buildings in 2009.

Since then, DTE Energy has dedicated resources for environmental remediation on the site and for reclaiming the shoreline.

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