JC ReindlDetroit Free Press
Coronavirus variants are still surging across the state and nation, although in contrast to the early months of the pandemic nearly two years ago, construction activity in Detroit is not at a full stop and multiple projects are moving forward.
Below are 10 new developments and redevelopment projects in Detroit that are underway and on pace to either finish in 2022 or make significant progress.
The projects aren’t exclusive to just one segment of the economy, and range from new housing and office space to a downtown hotel and a new center for LGBTQ young people. Most of them, yet not all, were started before COVID-19 arrived in Michigan in early 2020.
The upscale Cambria Detroit hotel, 600 W. Lafayette Blvd. near the edge of downtown, is expected to open in late 2022. The development is a mix of new construction and redevelopment of the old Walker-Roehrig Building, once home to WWJ-AM (950) radio.
The project was originally conceived in 2016 as luxury condos, but developers pivoted to building a hotel amid rising construction costs and a pre-COVID boom for Detroit hotels. Construction work began in 2019 and has continued — even with a pandemic-induced plunge in business at many downtown hotels because of less business and convention travel.
In addition to 158 hotel rooms, Cambria Detroit is to feature the fine-dining Italian restaurant Cibo Detroit, a fast-casual restaurant called Detroit Taco, a lobby bar, a rooftop bar and 18,000 square feet of event and ballroom space.