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Restoration of Detroit Life Façade Under Way in The District Detroit

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The restoration on the historic Detroit Life Building’s ornate façade is now under way in The District Detroit.

The work, which is being done in anticipation of future development, is located in the Park Avenue Historic District in the 50-block development’s Columbia Street neighborhood.

Built in 1922 and located at 2210 Park Avenue near Columbia Street, the 10-story office building features reinforced concrete, steel and limestone cladding. It was the original home of its namesake, the Detroit Life Insurance Company.

Restoration work, being led by the Detroit-based rehabilitation specialists Kraemer Design Group, will preserve the building’s authentic look.

“The opportunity to provide our expertise in historic rehabilitation for the Detroit Life building has been a rewarding and exciting process,” said Brian Rebain, principal at Kraemer Design Group. “We look forward to helping Olympia Development of Michigan revive the original glory of one of Detroit’s most exemplary historic structures.”

The Ilitch organization restored the magnificent Fox Theatre, now a National Historic Landmark, and moved the Little Caesars headquarters to the Fox Office Centre in 1987. In addition to the Detroit Life building, other historic buildings scheduled for restoration in The District Detroit include The Alhambra, at 100 Temple St., the Eddystone, 2305 Park Ave., the American Hotel at 408 Temple St. and the former United Artists building at 150 West Bagley.

This progress in development comes while new milestones in The District Detroit are anticipated in 2018 including the opening of the nine-story Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion and the new Mike Ilitch School of Business building at Wayne State University.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

Current data from the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion by 2020 and create more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. 

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