Woodward Gardens Block Development to Utilize Clean Energy from Detroit Thermal

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Detroit Thermal (DT), a key component of the city’s clean energy infrastructure, announced the addition of Woodward Gardens to its network of over 140 greater downtown area properties that utilize steam energy. Located on Woodward between Mack and Warren, Woodward Gardens Block Development is a four-phased, mixed-use project that aims [...]

Detroit Thermal (DT), a key component of the city’s clean energy infrastructure, announced the addition of Woodward Gardens to its network of over 140 greater downtown area properties that utilize steam energy.

Located on Woodward between Mack and Warren, Woodward Gardens Block Development is a four-phased, mixed-use project that aims to revitalize this derelict part of the neighborhood. In 2009 Woodward SA-PK LLC, the development team behind the venture, completed the first phase of construction, which called for a 302-space parking structure; Phase II, which involved the rehabilitation of the historic Blue Moon building for retail and office use, as well as a new commercial building, was completed in the same year.

The project’s third phase has already kicked off with the renovation of the historic Garden Theater, a 32,505-square-foot arts venue located at 3919-33 Woodward; this phase also calls for a new commercial facility comprising approximately 31,000 square feet next to the theater. According to an official statement, the Garden Theater revitalization project will receive a $1 million grant in city and state loans to transform the space into an energy-efficient performance, retail and conference center. An estimated completion date was set for 2013. Phase IV calls for a 47-unit apartment building with more than 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

As stated by Detroit Thermal President Rick Pucak, the Woodward Gardens Block Development is a great opportunity for the city to maximize its assets and demonstrate its forward thinking by using DT’s renewable energy solutions at no additional costs.

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Photo courtesy of Woodward Gardens Detroit website