Potential Height of Dan Gilbert's Detroit Skyscraper Rises Again

The final height of the tower that will become Detroit's tallest building may exceed 900 feet. The tower and its complex are expected to include retail, office, residential, exhibit, and event space.
October 8, 2018, 2pm PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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Upon its initial announcement, the height of Detroit mogul Dan Gilbert's skyscraper complex on the site of the former J.L. Hudson's department store was an impressive 734 feet, which would already make it the city's tallest building. Now, Kirk Pinho reports, the tower's final height may exceed 900 feet.

"While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get 'the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it.'" A final determination is expected by the end of January.

The additional height will increase the project's cost, previously revealed as $909 million. A final spatial configuration has also not been pinned down, but previous estimates specified "103,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 168,000 square feet of event and conference space; 263,000 square feet of office space; 93,000 square feet of exhibit space; and 330 residential units in the tower." Construction is expected to take four to five years.

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Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Crain's Detroit Business
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