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Neo-Gothic 1925 Detroit Building Evades Wrecking Ball, Will Receive Makeover

Once considered to be among downtown Detroit's most endangered buildings, the Metropolitan's escape from the wrecking ball just got a lot more real. The 1925 structure, which is reminiscent of a medieval church, was once home to jewelry manufacturers, but has now been abandoned for 38 years. The city's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) just green-lighted a $23M plan to rehab the building into 71 market rate apartments, reports the Freep, with retail planned for the first two floors. It's the plan hinted at last summer, when a "potential developer" sunk $300K into stabilizing the brick-dropping façade.

A Metropolitan miracle! >>