After several years of planning, DTE Energy finally broke ground today on its proposed park located in downtown Detroit across the street from the G.A.R. Building. The 1.5-acre public green space bounded by Grand River Avenue, Plaza Drive, and 1st Street has been heralded as a second Campus Martius, with space for public gatherings, outdoor entertainment, and more.
According to a release the development will feature an as-of-yet unnamed "year-round restaurant" with moveable walls for warm weather dining as well as a much needed new space for food trucks. Here’s some more detail on what to expect from the restaurant building:
- A free-flowing, contemporary design for the bar and eating areas that can hold up to 75 guests
- A 735 square-foot roof deck for a panoramic view of the city, able to hold nearly 50 people
- A sustainable, green roof space that is designed to conserve and collect runoff water to repurpose it for other trees, grass and plants
- A theatrical, upward cantilever roof that extends over the sidewalk for unique flair and to pay homage to Detroit’s historic structures
- Two restrooms
During the groundbreaking today, representatives for DTE revealed new renderings for the park. The venue is expected to debut sometime in 2017. Take a peek at the images below: