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Detroit renaissance continues with ‘The Scott’

BY Mike Troy

The latest chapter in Detroit’s ongoing real estate revival is being written by a $65 million mixed-use project called The Scott at Brush Park, which features 199 luxury residences and roughly 15,000-sq.-ft. of ground-floor retail and restaurant uses.

Scheduled to open later this year, the five-story project is being developed by Birmingham, Michigan-based Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services Inc. and Southfield, Michigan-based Woodborn Partners LLC.

Just a stone’s throw away from Dan Gilbert’s Brush Park project, a $70-million, 400-unit residential development, The Scott’s 2.4-acre site sits at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Erskine Street. It’s a high-profile location that Broder & Sachse CEO Richard Broder describes as “the center of it all.” The project is just a block from Detroit’s new M-1 rail line, and well-known Detroit neighborhoods like Downtown, Midtown and Eastern Market are all within walking distance.

“All of the culture and nightlife that Detroit has to offer is just minutes away,” Broder says. “From Tigers games at Comerica Park, to evenings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, residents can walk to stadiums, theaters, restaurants and shopping.” Civic institutions like Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System are all nearby, residents will be able to grocery shop at the nearby Whole Foods Market and Eastern Market, and have access to a wide range of retail, cultural, sports and entertainment venues and attractions. Perhaps the most prominent of those is the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena and entertainment complex, a planned $650 million project that will be located across the street from The Scott.

The Scott aspires to be “the ultimate in luxurious urban living,” and will provide its residents with an extraordinary array of amenities and special features that includes 24/7 concierge service, secure package pickup, and door-to-door dry cleaning pickup and delivery service. A full-time “lifestyle curator” will be available to residents for party planning and special social gatherings as well.

Unique facilities and special service areas are available to residents throughout the project, including a 24-hour health and fitness center, a pet grooming station and “bark park,” a residents’ kitchen and lounge area, a private reading room/library space, a conference center, a secure bike storage facility and community green space. A second-floor outdoor pool terrace with a lounge area, spa, a hot tub and fireplaces is certain to be a popular gathering spot, and residents will enjoy the convenience of The Scott’s 300-space private underground parking deck.

For all of its unique features, The Scott is actually part of a larger residential resurgence in downtown Detroit: the latest example of a series of acclaimed renovations, inspired revitalizations and award-winning examples of adaptive reuse. The Scott shares space with a growing slate of projects like The Albert: a historic residential-above-retail renovation of the Griswold Building in Detroit’s Capitol Heights neighborhood. Today, with pre-leasing currently underway, The Scott seems poised to make a splash as the latest headliner on the city’s rapidly evolving downtown landscape.

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Ikea doubling down in Ohio

BY Marianne Wilson

Ikea has broken ground for its second store in Ohio.

The new Ikea will open in summer 2017. The 355,000-sq.-ft. store is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce development, approximately 15 miles north of downtown Columbus.

The retailer has contracted with Pepper Construction to build the project. The chain also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

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Iconic outerwear brand to open its first freestanding stores

BY Marianne Wilson

A popular goose from up north is about to nest in two high-profile locations.

Canada Goose, best known for its signature — and pricey — goose-down jacket with Arctic Circle logo and fur-trimmed hood, will open its first two freestanding stores this fall. The flagship locations are set to open at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, and in downtown Manhattan, in SoHo.

The nearly 60-years-old Canadian brand has experienced explosive growth over the last decade, fueled by its embrace by celebrities, social-media influencers and high-profile exposure at such trendy events as the Sundance Film Festival. In the last five years alone, revenues have increased by more than 450%.

Averaging about 4,000 sq. ft. each, the Canadian Goose stores will highlight the company's heritage and unique culture through the curated exhibition of vintage designs along with its newest styles.

“Opening our own stores is something I've always dreamed of,” said Dani Reiss, president & CEO, Canada Goose. “It's an exciting new chapter in our evolution from a small outerwear manufacturer nearly 60 years ago, to the only truly global, Canadian luxury apparel retailer. There's no other brand like Canada Goose and that's something people will feel as soon as they step into our stores.”

The company said it has created an in-depth brand immersion program where employees will become not only product experts, but true brand ambassadors. The experiential program is designed to enable employees to engage in all aspects of the brand, including tours at one of four Canada Goose factories to see the company's craftsmanship in action and a first-hand look at how Canada Goose works with Polar Bears International in Churchill, Manitoba.

The stores will offer a full assortment of every seasonal collection, and also introduce special collaborations and in-store exclusives throughout the year. In addition, they will present select vintage pieces from the company's six-decade archives.

"Amazing product, inspiring people, and unique experience will be the fabric of every Canada Goose store," Reiss said.

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