August 16, 2012 by Benji
I am really excited to see this! The retail sector is normally a great indicator of the economic condition of an area. When retailer are willing to invest in a city, it means good things are happening! While 7790 square feet is not a huge project, its dollars that could be spent elsewhere, but they are choosing to spend it here.
KEEP IT UP DETROIT
Retail development planned for Detroit’s West Village
By: Sherri Welch
A small retail development is in the works for Detroit’s historic West Village community. MARVIN SHAOUNI
The Detroit Economic Growth Corp., The Villages communities on Detroit’s east riverfront and West Village Manor Apartments and Parkstone Apartments, with assistance from the Villages Community Development Corp., are launching retail on the first floors of the two apartment buildings.
The new retail will be located near the pop-up Tashmoo Beirgarten.
The DEGC plans today to post on its website at www.degc.org a request for proposals for tenants of six retail spaces totaling 7,790 square feet and 570 square feet of kitchen space.
The organizations are seeking unique retailers and restaurants, said Michael Forsyth, retail business development manager at the DEGC.
“Our priority is to try to activate the space with full-time tenants,” he said.
“In the event we don’t fill all the spaces, that’s where pop-up offers a great solution.”
The organizations plan to host two informational meetings for interested retailers, Aug. 29 and 30 at West Village Manor, in advance of the Sept. 10 due date for all proposals.
The West Village retail initiative is the first phase of a larger retail project in development for The Villages, the DEGC said. It will also serve as a pilot for a new neighborhood pop-up retail program for other Detroit neighborhoods under development by the DEGC.
The agency plans to keep an open mind about other Detroit neighborhoods that could be candidates for pop-up retail development, Forsyth said.
“But certainly, 7 Mile and Livernois has a lot of promise,” Forsyth said.
Neighborhood pop-up retail developments require the right mix of active community partners, willing building owners with quality space, and pent-up demand for unique retail establishments from both entrepreneurs and neighborhood residents, Forsyth said.
“Where those ingredients align is ultimately where this program has promise.”