Here are a few of the stories we're reading this week.
Target? Maybe not.
In 2021, City Club Apartments announced a large development at the corner of Woodward and Mack, which would include a residential tower with over 300 units and the elusive Midtown Target that's been talked about throughout the years. Funding fell through with one lender, and construction hasn't started yet. Is Target still on board? According to Crain's, they're pulling out of the plan, although the developer still says they will be a part of it. Target has cancelled plans for a number of smaller-footprint urban stores across the country. Crain's Detroit Business
Parking in Ferndale
Further down Woodward, the new road diet in Ferndale isn't as clear as it could be. Woodward was cut down from four car lanes to three on each side, new bike lanes were added, and street parking was moved. The problem is, it isn't entirely clear in all cases where cars should park. Painting isn't finished yet, since construction concluded as winter was starting. There's some signage, but maybe not enough for this big of a change. More signage and delineation is on the way, but until then, those parking their cars on Woodward need to make sure they're in the right place - parking enforcement will ramp up this month. WDIV Click on Detroit
Detroit and Michigan's future growth
Michigan has had a hard time both retaining and attracting residents. Our population growth is second to last in the country, and Detroit has been losing population for decades. A commission was formed last year to address the population decline, and released a report in December with preliminary findings. Our lack of dense urban areas could be a key factor for bringing young adults into the state and in Detroit, we need more housing for potential residents.
"The population council said young people are seeking densely populated, walkable neighborhoods with access to parks, outdoor recreation, public transportation, retail and arts. Michigan is falling behind, according to the report, because the state disinvested from placemaking efforts and underinvested in physical infrastructure."
Positioning Michigan as an innovation hub is one strategy the commission identified to help keep college graduates in the state. Bridge Detroit