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Has anyone heard anything on the Farwell lately?

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Or is Mike just continuing to sit on that one too? I was looking at photographs of the outside of the Lafayette Building and came across pictures of the Farwell. I hadn't looked at them in a while and started wondering if we might here something more definitive than "Oh, they'll be turned into apartments..." Say about 2020 right? Anything?

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Mike probably won't do anything with the Farwell until the Broderick and the Leland are renovated. So look for something in about ten years....

The Farwell has a rather unassuming exterior, but the interior is like a jewel box. The lobby ceiling is done with tiles by Tiffany's. The elevators were once covered in brass, and many of the offices were paneled in oak. Of course the highlight of the interior is the five story octagonal light court.

Capitol Park really has a lot of potential to be a nice enclave in downtown. Some renovations have started, with the Capitol Square Building, old Christian Science Reading Room, and 119 State Street. However all three of those renovations seem to have been put on hold. In fact, come to think of it, only one building on the west side of the park is occupied. Meanwhile, the Capitol Park Building seems to be struggling...maybe another case of demolition by neglect?

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I was hoping you wouldn't say that... Perhaps someone could just take it off his hands... Wishful thinking I know, he's rather stingy. Wants his own name attatched. But as it stands--and I'm hoping--perhaps if Freeman gets in office we can start petitioning the mayor's office to do something about him, and especially Illitch. I had a fantasy about an hour ago where the Detroit Building is taken away and sold to a proper developer who turns it into apartments and condos. It's just begging to let someone live there. What little of the interior (especially the way the staircases are set up next to those glass paneled doors...) is stunning.

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Capitol Park would be a very cool neighborhood if some of the abandoned or underused buildings were converted into apartments or condos. Its a very unique enclosed space.

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