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“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

- Rudyard Kipling

March 5, 2015

Statement On Detroit’s Hudson’s Site

DETROIT, Thursday March 5, 2015

We did not expect that an extensive report of an earlier design concept of the Hudson’s site would appear in the media. Since it did appear, we are releasing this more refined conceptual rendering looking north on Woodward Avenue near Gratiot. While we are excited about the direction of this concept, it is important to note that the design of the beloved Hudson’s site on Woodward Avenue in the heart of downtown Detroit is still evolving. All of us in our entire family of companies as well as our two architectural firms, NYC-based SHoP Architects and Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates are committed to getting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity right for the landscape and citizens of Detroit. It is critical that we remain extremely thoughtful in every aspect of this project—from the programming we include to the financing—and most importantly; the design and architecture of a building that will be standing as a one-of-a-kind, destination for current and future generations of Detroiters and visitors alike.

 We hope to announce the final design and details about the Hudson’s site project this calendar year. In the meantime, we have much work to do with public and private stakeholders. We are more than excited and feel fortunate that we have the opportunity to redevelop one of the key landmark locations in downtown Detroit. As we have stated in the past, our vision is to develop an iconic building that will have some ties to Detroit’s past, but more importantly, represent Detroit’s rebirth into a creative and high-tech future. We are determined to develop this property for the benefit and enjoyment of all Detroiters and visitors from everywhere. Everyone involved in this project is very passionate about it and we cannot wait to get to work.

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  • Comment by Al Gustafson — March 7, 2015 @ 6:07 am:

    I saw the movie Field of Dreams a long time ago. Is this the movie where Kevin Costner hears ‘if you build it, they will come’. That stuck with me as the quintessential attitude of America. In the place where I live, Wellington, New Zealand, to build and wait till it fills up – I’m in commercial property leasing and sales – it’s called ‘castles in the ski’ and they stay empty for a long time so none of my property investors go there – it’s the way fools and their money are separated and they are called developers. Visions are fine. Goals are good and open to change. Without vision ‘the people perish’ and without tenants mortgages don’t get paid and buildings crumble. Where is the populace coming from.

    We have also a regional central where car assembly plants closed down of the likes of Honda, Mitsubishi, Ford and General Motors, and some of these buildings have never recovered. The lifting of import and exchange controls made car assembly unprofitable. Head offices have moved to Auckland and Australia and some of our prime downtown land sits empty and under utilised. Where will the populace come from to fill the place up.

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