Month: June 2014

An introduction to sustainability and the El Moore project

The El Moore building project is a great example of sustainable development. However the term, “Sustainable Development”, has a fairly wide definition, and can mean many different things to many different people. The most widely accepted definition comes from the Brundtland Commissions 1987 report and defines sustainable development as, “development which meets the needs of …

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Historic Reuse – Using Our Past to build Our Future

Right there on the corner where Cass and Amsterdam meet up is an historic building recently purchased by Wayne State University and repurposed/converted into a new biomedical research facility as part of its TechTown District expansion. Not all old buildings in Detroit are quite so lucky. Those who know the building’s history as one of …

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Construction update – Focus on the roof and the basement

Significant changes are happening to the two areas of the building: the roof and the basement.  Before we bought the building, we knew that it had stood vacant for many years, in part because the economic model for its future wasn’t clear to prospective buyers. When we looked into the economics of resurrecting the building, one …

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Casey Kasem

Recently, America said goodbye to radio icon Casey Kasem, longtime host of “American Top 40.” (Maybe some of our younger readers will recognize him as the voice of “Shaggy” on the Scooby Doo cartoons.) What’s the connection to the El Moore, you ask? As with the Green Garage,  part of the research we’ve done on …

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