Join CREW to learn about high-profile redevelopment opportunities

DETROIT – CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit is inviting local professionals to lunch May 12 to learn more about upcoming redevelopment opportunities in the area.

The program, which takes place at the GEM Theatre in Detroit, will feature a panel discussion about the planning and progress of four high-profile redevelopment projects in the region: The Detroit Packard Plant, Michigan State Fairgrounds, Village of Bloomfield and the M-1 Rail project.

Kari Smith, director of development for the Packard Plant Project, will share plans to involve the community in the highly-anticipated Packard Plant redevelopment. She will also give a progress report on the first phase of the project, which involves removal of dangerous areas that cannot be salvaged.

Craig Willian, vice president of retail development at REDICO, will address plans for the Michigan State Fairgrounds and the Village of Bloomfield complex. With more than 160 acres of mixed-use real estate availability, the Fairgrounds redevelopment will feature retail, entertainment, multifamily, senior housing and educational facilities. The Village of Bloomfield is an 80-acre parcel that straddles the border of Pontiac and Bloomfield. Willian will share details on his firm’s plan for a successful redevelopment and whether any of the existing structures can be repurposed.

Laura Wagner, quality control manager at Stacy and Witbeck, the firm serving as construction manager of the Detroit M-1 Rail project, will talk about the 1,800 feet of track already laid and the 18,000 more expected to come in 2015. She will also discuss plans for the rail’s operation along Woodward Avenue from downtown to Midtown Detroit, as well as intentions to extend further north.

Jennette Smith, managing editor for Crain’s Detroit Business, will moderate the discussion. REDICO, Testing Engineers and Consultants and Walbridge are sponsoring the event. A Q-and-A session will follow the panel discussion.

The program takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at the GEM Theatre, located at 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The cost to attend $45 for CREW members and $65 for nonmembers. Lunch is provided, and parking will be available in the GEM’s garage. Register here.

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