New bench and kiosk

In the last post, you saw the new benches that will surround the perimeter of the park. There will also be 4 round benches that will border the 4 corners of the park, and the first bench has begun to be constructed, with the wood that will serve as the seat and back rest.  In addition, just outside the park, at the corner of Alexandrine and Second, is our new kiosk. Feel free to put your notice there (by next week we'll have a stapler inside for you to use). … [Read more...]

Photo update of the park

The El Moore's adjacent park, named El Moore Greens, is under construction, and we thought this would be a good time to give you a photo update. Let's start with the view from above. Here's a view of the park as it is framed out. The center will be grass, bordered by a gravel pathway. The 4 corners of the grass area currently have foundations for what will be circular stone benches and planters. While we're viewing things from above, here's a photo of the retail building, with the solar panels on the roof and pergolas extending from all sides. Back down on the ground, here's a shot of the park as seen from one of the corners. The bricked-in planter will contain flowers. The round concrete object will hold another planter, around which will be a concrete bench. Bench … [Read more...]

Park Update

The park adjacent to the El Moore is coming along nicely. Garden beds have received their initial plantings. The building onsite is near to completion. Right now pavers are going in around the water tank (that will serve as the entrance), and stone pathways are being laid for each entryway to the park. Here are some pictures from today.   … [Read more...]

El Moore Gardens Update

As you can see, we're making progress on the El Moore gardens area. Raised garden beds, made from reclaimed curb material from upstate New York, are now home to trees (maple and honey locust) and shrubs (like the bottlebrush buckeye and the Carolina allspice). Juan Angeles and his team made this beautiful stage of brick with a flagstone base. On either side of the stage, pergolas have been built, which will cover seating areas. The old Dalgleish Cadillac water tank is in place and will serve as an entranceway to the park. Final work is being done on the gates that will be placed in the entryways to the tank. More detail on these gates and our new entrance gates will be in the next post.   … [Read more...]

Using reclaimed materials at the new retail building – Part 2

Stepping inside the new retail building, the floors are the first thing that you might notice. The wood for the floors comes from 2 deconstructed barns, one from Livingston County, built in 1882, and one from Lapeer County, built in 1914. The wood lives on in our beautiful floors. Looking straight ahead upon entering, you'll notice a staircase made from thin slats of wood. The wood you are seeing is actually leftover material from building the rooftop cabins. The wood is lath that originally was behind the drywall when the El Moore was built. The staircase framing came from a deconstructed house in Detroit. For the stair treads, window trim and baseboards, we were fortunate to find 90% of the wood from 2 deconstructed barns, one from Dundee, built in the 1880's, and one from … [Read more...]

Using reclaimed materials at the new retail building – Part 1

If you have walked by the corner of Alexandrine and Second in the last year you have observed a large construction fence, and behind it piles of materials that have slowly contributed to the formation of a 2-story retail building and the 'hardscape,' or permanent planting bed foundations, for the gardens. The building, garden beds, fence, columns and entrance tank have all come from reclaimed items, some sourced locally, and some from as far away as New York. Below you'll see photos of some of the features of this new space, all developed from these reclaimed materials. This post focuses primarily on exterior features created from the reclaimed materials. In the next post, I'll describe some interior features.   Let's start with the scratch brick that comprises most of … [Read more...]

Construction update on the El Moore Gardens

We're into the new year, and it's about time for an update on the progress of the area adjacent to the El Moore which we are calling the El Moore Gardens. The Gardens project consists of 2 parts: an actual garden area with trees, shrubs, lawn, walkways and benches; and a 2-story building which will eventually house retail and food-service businesses. Most of the greenery has either been planted or kept safely for the winter. The building is nearing completion. Here are some photos so you can see the progress.           … [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...]

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