Here are a few of the stories we're reading this week.
Good-bye to the United Artists Theatre
Demo started last week on the United Artists Theatre, which opened in 1928 and has been closed since the 70s. A group of developers is working on redeveloping the adjacent United Artists Building into 148 apartments. Despite pleas from preservationists, they claimed the theatre itself couldn't be saved. The demoed theatre will be converted into parking for residents. The redevelopment should be completed in 2023. More on the development here. Crain's Detroit Business
New jail behind schedule, over budget
One of the most prominent developments can be seen around Warren Avenue off of I-75. The new county jail, which is being built by Dan Gilbert's Bedrock, is now behind schedule and $64 million over budget. Who will pay for the extra costs? It's unclear at this point. The jail was part of a land swap between Bedrock and the county back in 2018; the county had started building it near 375 at a site Gilbert now owns. Gilbert even floated the idea of a Major League Soccer stadium there at one point. Construction costs have increased the budget, and the complex should be completed in March. Detroit Free Press
Aboard the Boblo Boat
In cool historical structure news, progress is being made with restoring one of the classic Boblo boats. The Ste. Claire had an unfortunate fire in 2018, but restoration efforts are underway, and the public could gain access to it along the Detroit River in the next few years. When it's restored, the boat will stay docked, but visitors will be able to tour and enjoy it. The boat will include a bar, a ballroom, and a museum. Read about it at MLive and listen to plans on Daily Detroit.
Developing the right restaurant on the east side
Two developers are rehabbing a building in East English Village and instead of renting out the retail space to any restaurant, they're engaging with the neighborhood to see what residents need and want. Brandon Hodges and Damon Dickerson have been asking residents about cuisine, price point, and amenities they'd like to see in a neighborhood restaurant and have garnered around 100 responses so far. Eater Detroit