Detroit West Riverfront
When General Motors relocated its corporate headquarters from midtown Detroit to the renowned Ford built Renaissance Center complex on the Detroit riverfront in downtown, it set in motion a process of revitalization. Emphasis was initially placed on the portion of the riverfront extending eastward from downtown to the city’s park at Belle Isle.
Development Strategies was part of a consulting team lead by Chan Krieger Sieniewicz to revitalize the west riverfront of downtown Detroit.
The challenge of the planning process was to define a new balance of public park and recreation spaces along with private, market-justified land uses that maximize river views and the skyline of Windsor, Ontario in Canada. Development Strategies was charged with defining the scale and scope of the market for private investment and identifying strategies for implementation.
The Great Recession of 2008 hit Detroit particularly hard, with the city ultimately filing for bankruptcy. As it comes out of those proceedings, and with market momentum accelerating in Midtown, this plan serves as a blueprint for future change on the West Riverfront, once the city is able to again focus its attention there.