Downtown Detroit Projects Earn Top CREW Awards


DETROIT — More than 200 local professionals recently attended the annual CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Impact Awards luncheon to honor three of the year’s most impactful developments.

Each year CREW Detroit recognizes the owners, developers, contractors, designers and consultants of projects or developments that have made a positive impact in their Southern Michigan communities. Three Impact Awards are given out each year in the prestigious competition: one for renovation or adaptive reuse, one for new construction, and a Special Impact award that recognizes an outstanding redevelopment or new construction project.

The winners of the 2014 Impact Awards were: the Gateway Marketplace for new construction; Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters for adaptive reuse; and the Woodward Garden Theater Apartments for Special Impact. All three projects are located in Detroit.

Presenters awarded the CREW member companies that submitted each project, including REDICO for the Gateway Marketplace, anchored by a Meijer in the State Fair neighborhood; Neumann/Smith Architecture for Lowe Campbell Ewald, which recently relocated from Warren to the former J.L. Hudson Co. Warehouse at Ford Field in Detroit; and McIntosh Poris
Associates for the Woodward Garden Theater and Apartments, whose redevelopment is being lauded for encouraging a string of additional redevelopment projects in Midtown.

With several projects from this year’s competition coming as a result of the resurgence of Detroit, CREW decided to move its signature awards event to the city.

Last year, CREW Detroit expanded its region for Impact Awards submissions to include the counties of Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Bay, and Huron. The expansion allows entries to come from all parts of the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Impact Award judges juried 15 projects in this year’s competition.