Archives for August 2016

A closer look at Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok

This month, Essay'd, a writing project I'm part of that publishes short, illustrated essays about contemporary Detroit artists, takes a look at the work of Robert Sestok, the longtime Cass Corridor artist whose one-year-old sculpture park is located just a stone's throw from the El Moore. The author of the essay is Dennis Nawrocki, a seasoned professor of art history at both Wayne State and the College for Creative Studies, as well as an old friend of Sestok's and a deeply-rooted participant in the Detroit art scene. (He's been writing about Cass Corridor art, in particular, since the early '80s.) "Rarely," his new essay begins, "does one get to see a full bore display of an artist’s oeuvre, all at once and all in one place." He continues: Robert Sestok counts as the standout … [Read more...]

El Moore Guests Become El Moore Residents

The El Moore building, now a sustainably restored and operated residential apartment building and urban lodge, has stood watch over the corner of 2nd Avenue and West Alexandrine Street in Detroit Michigan since 1898. Today, the El Moore Lodge offers guests from near and far a unique range of beautiful accommodations, a sustainable urban guest experience, and unsurpassed customer service right in the heart of Detroit in the walkable and bikeable Midtown/Cass Corridor area near Wayne State University. Many guests to the El Moore Lodge are actually local residents who desire a non-traditional bed-and-breakfast type stay for a few days, just to experience the diverse offerings of the City of Detroit. Some guests know what will see and do when they stay at the El Moore Lodge, while others are … [Read more...]

Park building – new photo

As of mid-August, here's how the retail building  in our park looks. Newest addition: the first windows!   … [Read more...]

Park construction update – August 1, 2016

If you live near or pass by the corner of Alexandrine and Second, you're aware of the development of the park on the northwest corner, adjacent to the El Moore apartment building. Late last week we were finally able to see a more fully developed view of the 2-story building that will reside on the north end of the park, butting up to the green alley. A roof is now on, and by the end of this month we should be able to see the limestone and brick facade being applied. Current work includes plumbing, electrical and insulation. The building will be mixed-use, with retail space, food and/or drink vendors, a stage, bathrooms and space for yet-to-be-determined purposes. The entire park should be ready for use by early next spring. … [Read more...]

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