Architects to Present Concept for I-696/Main Street 'Gateway' Project

Members of the Downtown Development Authority will have an opportunity to see plans for a retail, medical/office and residential development at Interstate 696 and Main Street on Wednesday.

This story was originally published on Patch on Dec. 14, 2013 and updated on Dec. 19, 2013.

Krieger | Klatt Architects, of Royal Oak, will make a presentation of a development called "The  Gateway" to the Downtown Development Authority when it meets Wednesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Versa Development,  CG Emerson Real Estate Group, and Farran Group want to build a 4-story medical/office building, apartments and a retail area on the vacant parcel at Interstate 696 and Main Street.

This is the same property the Detroit Medical Center had its eye on recently. The DMC once wanted to open an outpatient facility for children and adults at the 4.15-acre parcel, but in July announced the specialty center once planned for Royal Oak will now be built in Troy at 350 West Big Beaver.

About The Gateway plan

The Gateway development includes:

  • 9,800 square feet of retail 
Medical/Office Building
  • 10,000 square feet of office space (two floors) 
  • 10,000 square feet of medical space (two floors) 
  • 160 apartment units

The development team includes:

Developer: Versa Development & The Farran Group

Architect: Krieger | Klatt

Counsel: Miller Canfield, PC

General Contractor: T.H. Marsh

Accounting: Jenkins Magnus Volk & Carroll, PC

Civil Engineer: Professional Engineering Associates

Market Consultant:

  • CBRE (John Latessa)
  • MRC (Bill Watts)

Traffic Consultant: Wade Trim

Banking Relationships:

  • Huntington
  • WellsFargo
  • KeyBank
  • The Private Bank
  • Glacier Bancorp

Public Finance

  • MEDC (Paul Brown)

Come back to Royal Oak Patch for more details on the plan as this story develops.
Matt Turner December 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM
ugly concept, they can do better.
CDE December 14, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Like, don't love it, but hard to get a good concept of the aesthetics in a preliminary drawing...hoping architect and developer can dramatically improve upon that. Good point Jack Manning, hopefully there is an option for a liquor license there.
Steve Woznicki December 15, 2013 at 09:37 AM
I'll believe it when I see construction equipment there. That property is possessed or something. How about some tree's or a small park like setting showing off the entrance to Royal Oak with buildings set further back, not some industrial looking thing. The residents of the area won't like it anyway as it seems they don't like any plan for that property.
KatPatMac December 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM
I'm with Steve... I'll believe it when I see it... I would love to see ANYTHING besides that big, empty lot just sitting there... liquor license or not, that area needs to be developed in a bad sort of way! I would be delighted to see this development go in there and I'm confident it would be well done. No architect/project group wants their names associated with something that doesn't look good, and frankly, they'd have to work really hard for it to look worse than it does now! I have more confidence in this group than that! Come on, RO, let's get this approved and moving!
Andy S. December 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Looks like a decent plan... I'm sure it will evolve into something different by the time they break ground... That spot needs something good.


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