A Detroit Center for Innovation is planned for the east edge of downtown Detroit. The planned project will hold a multitude of programs for graduate and senior-level graduate students that hope to pursue degrees in high-tech research, mobility, artificial intelligence, data science, entrepreneurship, sustainability, cybersecurity, financial security and the like.
The project will be spearheaded by the University of Michigan, the nation’s leading public institution. World-renowned architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox is responsible for the design of the multi-building development. The announcement was conducted by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Chairman of Related Companies Stephen M. Ross, CEO of Bedrock Matt Cullen, and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.
The 14-acre project will be located at the site of the former Wayne County Jail at Gratiot Avenue and St. Antoine Street which serves as a gateway to Detroit’s downtown area, connecting the central business district and Greektown to Lafayette Park and Eastern Market
“This announcement represents an incredible commitment to Detroit by Stephen Ross, Mark Schlissel and Dan Gilbert that will allow us to develop, attract and retain world-class talent,” exclaims Mayor Mike Duggan during the press conference held on Oct. 30, 2019.
“Detroit has always been a leader in innovation and this new center will help ensure that continues to be the case into the future. It also sends a powerful message to our young people about the city we are trying to rebuild together. Instead of turning this property into a place where people are incarcerated, we are going to build for one of the finest learning centers anywhere, filled with hope and real opportunity.” Mayor Duggan adds.
The Detroit Center for Innovation will include a plethora of opportunities for entrepreneurs starting with a collaboration space for established companies, residential units, a hotel and conference center, and event space.
For the next three to four months, Duggan and other project managers will assess the feasibility of the project. The Detroit Center for Innovation is set to commence in 2021.
To learn more about the project, check out the University of Michigan’s report below: