Thursday, September 17, 2009

UPDATE: Lafayette Building is coming down

Due to the continuing efforts of my hounding investigation (i.e. - I went and asked a different construction guy what was going on), I have discovered that the Lafayette Building in downtown Detroit is in fact being demolished. It's too bad, I always like to see those old buildings get fixed up when possible, but apparently the Lafayette is beyond repair. Even the preservationist groups in Detroit gave up trying to save it.

Here's my early guess as to what the property will be used for once the Lafayette is gone: You've probably heard news reports that Dan Gilbert, CEO of Quicken Loans, is moving the company headquarters from Livonia to downtown Detroit. Over the summer, Gilbert announced that Quuicken would temporarily lease office space in the Compuware Building, with plans to eventually move into its own new building somewhere nearby. Don't be shocked if you see a new Quicken Building towering over your coney dog a few years from now. But again, that's just a guess.