One of the iconic neon hammer and nail signs from the outside of the former Professional Plaza building in Midtown has made its way into a future restaurant and bar space in the building. A photo of the refurbished sign surfaced on the Historical Detroit Area Architecture Facebook group on Sunday teasing a new bar.
The 12-story building located at 3800 Woodward Ave. is currently undergoing a major rehab led by developers The Roxbury Group. It’s project has been redubbed The Plaza and will feature 72 apartment and 2,000-square-feet of ground level retail, according to Curbed.
The developers had long promised to preserve the famous hammer and nail signs (there are two). One has already been donated to the Carpenter’s Union, which at one time occupied the building. A representative for The Plaza confirms to Eater that the other has since made its way into the building’s retail space reserved for a future restaurant or bar tenant.
Real estate company Stokas Bieri is in the early stages of fielding proposals from possible tenants, meaning the space and its familiar signage are up for grabs. The Plaza is expected to be completed by 2017. Stay tuned for updates.
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