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Allan

Greektown Casino decides to Expand

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No surprises here as far as I'm concerned. I've long contended that the only reason the casinos, and Greektown in particular, would built permanent casinos is because the city wanted them to.

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The plans include a 3500 space parking garage on Monroe Street, a 15 story hotel, an additional 25,000 square feet gaming space, and a 1,200-1,500-seat theater. The hotel would contain 25,000 square feet of convention space.

Read More: http://www.detnews.com/2005/casinonews/050.../A01-313101.htm

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Hmm...a fairly interesting design. For a minute, it seemed as if none of the casinos would built their permanent facilties. It is a bit frustrating to see just about every project in Detroit scaled down. This originally started out as 40+ story tower, then down to 32, then 26, and now 15. I can't complain, much, though. :)

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They're building another parking garage? I thought this one going up on Fort and Beaubien is also a Greektown Parking garage to be used for valet. (I give them credit because as far as parking garages go, this isn't too bad. Blends in nicely with globe bldg)

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I would have thought they would have used the current Greektown garage for valet and a new one close to their new casino. Then again, maybe they will never build it since all of this sounds way to familiar.

edit: I just read this

The new plan means Greektown Casino would join MotorCity Casino in staying in what were intended to be temporary locations, leaving MGM Grand Detroit Casino as the only of the three planning to build an entirely new facility.

I really hope MGM builds because that area really needs it.

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My only problem with that garage is the lack of ground floor retail. I do believe it is for the casino valet, but there are so many garages going up that I keep getting them confused....

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Glad to see Greektown is staying put. I've always believed that the location in the heart of Greektown, was better than the planned permanent site on Gratiot.

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I'm not so much concerned that they are building a garage, but of its size. It will be 3,500 spaces. That is just ridiculous. Look at this rendering. It is nearly as tall, and nearly twice the size of the hotel around another surface lot!

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I didn't realize this until after I read the article and saw the renderings on the side. The site plan seems to be underutilizing A LOT of space. I wonder why they didn't put the hotel on the part of the site closer to the casino? I'm sure it had something to do with one of the churches objections.

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Yeah, it is a huge garage. As long as it has ground floor retail it should be ok.

The hotel isn't closer to the casino because the church owns that parking lot. Moving the hotel would be a question of having the chuch sell their lot. I don't know how willing they'd be to do that.

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Wow, I think that looks great! I am also a little suprised at the size of the parking garage, but the way I look at it, it is going to be a nice building that will be decent size, which is good as compared to the alternative (more parking lots).

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With that many spaces perhaps some of the surface parking lots around the area will get developed. I like the idea of the casino expanding in the greektown area. It should create more density and make that area even livelier.

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To build the 3,500-space parking garage Greektown Casino recently bought Parkwycke Towers Apartments and it will be demolished, so just for their parking garage 242 residents will be forced to move out.

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I read about when Greektowns plans should be starting and should be done. The parking garage project should start February 2006 and finish March 2007, hotel tower and walkways should start April 2006 and finish January 2008 and the casino expansion should start June 2006 and finish January 2008.

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To build the 3,500-space parking garage Greektown Casino recently bought Parkwycke Towers Apartments and it will be demolished, so just for their parking garage 242 residents will be forced to move out.

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Anyone have any photos of the building they are going to demo for the garage? Allan im sure you got something. Im just curious to see if this building is of any architectural significance.

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It's an old concete box, possibly built in the 50's or 60's. IMO, it has little architectural value, and faces more onto the service drive of the freeway than Monroe, if I remember right.

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Allan im sure you got something.  \

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No, this is the one building in downtown I don't have a photo of. I'll get around to it on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday when I go downtown.

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The building they are demoing is a horrific 60's/70's 6-7 story building. It is very overlooked because it is very ugly. Although it's sad to lose another building to parking, it defnitely one I won't miss.

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Yeah, I know it's not photo worthy, but I need to take one just on principle.

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I went past it today when I was coming to Greektown, completely forgot to take a picture. Then again, I was 18 other people, and it would have been difficult to stop and take pics.

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was WITH lol. Had a bit too much to drink when I typed that post.

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Every month, sometimes twice a month, a bunch of my friends and people from my residence hall go to downtown Detroit for pizza. As crazy as it seems, we can't get enough of Pizzapapalis, and the whole experience of going downtown is enjoyable for everyone.

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