A mix of transit uses like passenger rail and bus — plus perhaps private development such as residential and retail. That’s one possible end goal for the Amtrak site in Detroit’s New Center area.
The Michigan Department of Transportation met with developers earlier this year to discuss the future of that property on Woodward Avenue.
A document provided by the department shows that it met with local and national developers in February, garnering feedback on the private development potential for the 3.1 acre property at Woodward and Baltimore street.
MDOT wants a new intermodal transportation facility on the site, and there could be some mixed-use brought to bear on it, as well.
Hence, one of the reasons why Detroit-based Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services Inc., Detroit-based Roxbury Group, Detroit-based The Platform LLC and Farmington Hills-based Friedman Real Estate took part six months ago. Others included New York City-based RXR Realty, Melbourne, Australia-based Plenary Group and Paris-based Meridiam Infrastructure, according to the document.
MDOT has explored private development on the property as a way to offset some of the $36 million to $45 million cost expected for the intermodal facility, which would conceptually include passenger rail, bus, and local and microtransit services, replacing both the Amtrak station and the MDOT-owned bus facility on Howard Street near the Lodge Freeway.
Greyhound, Indian Trails, Baron’s Bus and Miller Trailways operate out of the Howard Street property, said Michael Frezell, communications manager for MDOT. It won’t go out to bid for sale/redevelopment until all those operations are moved to a new facility at an unknown time.
Frezell also said MDOT is currently in the process of applying for a federal RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant — formerly BUILD and TIGER grants —through the U.S. Department of Transportation.