Newspapers' move will help enliven Campus Martius Park district
Detroit Free Press (MI), 2014-02-21
Feb. 21--The move of about 550 Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Detroit Media Partnership workers into the old Federal Reserve Building near Campus Martius Park will enhance the already thriving district and further boost the street life in the central business core.
Joyce Jenereaux, president of the Detroit Media Partnership and the Free Press, announced Thursday that the employees would move from 615 W. Lafayette to the Federal Reserve structure at 160 W. Fort, a historic building recently purchased by Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert and undergoing renovations.
Plans remain tentative until a lease is signed in a month or so, but Jenereaux said the tentative agreement means the newspaper employees could move around September. Just a block from Campus Martius, the property has been renovated by Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services. It is already home to the Rossetti architectural firm.
Jenereaux said the goal is to get the newspapers into a building that better suits needs of the digital publishing age.
"It's designed to give us the tools and give us the setting and the environment to really help us as a much more digitally focused organization," she said.
Though just a few blocks from the newspapers' current home, being that much closer to Campus Martius and the central business district should make "a huge difference," she said. "I think its going to be a much more vibrant feeling. We'll be in the thick of it."
Since Gilbert moved his Quicken Loans headquarters downtown in 2010, he and his partners have bought or control through master leases about 40 properties in the immediate downtown core, including such classic skyscrapers as the First National Building, the One Woodward building and the Chase Tower.
Campus Martius has seen several new restaurants and retail stores open in the past couple of years. And plans are being readied to start construction on the M-1 Rail streetcar line in the spring that will provide another urban amenity.
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