New plans for the former J.L. Hudson site in downtown Detroit show a development rising from a nine-story base with a 734-foot residential tower, which will make it the tallest building in the city -- seven feet taller than the Renaissance Center. Bedrock Detroit.

For generations, Hudson’s (also known as the “Big Store” and “J.L. Hudson’s”) was the premier retailer in downtown Detroit, and one of the most important department stores in the country.

The massive flagship store anchored the bustling Woodward Avenue shopping corridor, and at 25 stories was the tallest department store in the world. Its more than 2 million square feet made it second in overall size only to Macy’s New York, and that by a mere 26,000 square feet.

The store’s enormity nearly defies belief in the era of online shopping with more than 200 departments spread over 49 acres of floor space and featuring roughly 600,000 items. Read More

Rendering of New Hudson's Site

They are working with both SHoP out of New York City and Hamilton Anderson from Detroit. Both bring extensive expertise in construction projects such as the one we are proposing. They think outside vision combined with local perspective will result in the most meaningful addition to downtown Detroit and metro region.


The group worked with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the nation’s leading economic analysis firms, to evaluate economic impact of this project. Overall, the project will support more than 5,800 jobs (new, direct and indirect) and generate $1.553 billion in new economic output during the construction phase. 

When complete, the development will support more than 3,000 permanent jobs and generate an estimated $560 million in total annual economic impact annually.

The plan is to break ground by December 1, 2017

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