Detroit Planning Seeks Proposals for Stone Soap Building Remodel


The Detroit Planning and Developing Department and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. today announced they are seeking proposals from qualified teams to renovate and develop the Stone Soap Building in the East Riverfront District.

The request for proposals and qualifications is intended to “retain a qualified developer for the acquisition and development of the Stone Soap building into a signature project that demonstrates leadership in design and development for the East Riverfront,” according to a press release.

City officials believe that recent investment in public space and infrastructure has “transformed the East Riverfront District from a disused industrial center,” into a “dynamic destination ranking among the most popular in the city, and setting the stage for further mixed-use development.

The Stone Soap building, located at 1490 Franklin St. (at Riopelle Street) is described as a turn-of-the-century, former industrial structure and is one block north of the Detroit Riverfront. The development site is .76 acres and contains a building composed of three contiguous structures totaling 88,369 square feet.

The full version of the proposal and submission requirements can be found here, and proposals are due no later than Monday, May 1.

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