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Detroit Engagement Timeline

The following is a timeline of the Rock Ventures Family of Companies’ investments, real estate acquisitions, business ventures and community efforts in the city, followed by a listing of the more than 120 companies that have moved into (or have been created in) the following Bedrock properties in downtown Detroit.

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Detroit Engagement Timeline

2014

September 2014

  • UHY LLP, a leading national CPA firm announces its first Wayne County office to be located inside Bedrock’s Chrysler House, located at 719 Griswold Street. Approximately 20 tax, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions professionals and staff will occupy 3,400 square feet.
  • Bedrock acquires 1250 Griswold Street. The 8,700 square foot building is located between Grand River Avenue and State Street in Capitol Park.
  • D.I.M.E. (Detroit Institute of Music Education) opens and welcomes its inaugural class of full-time students. The state-of-the-art music academy, located in Capitol Park’s historic Bamlet Building at 1265 Griswold, was completely renovated to house the college, classroom and performance space. Through the music academy, students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma taking career-driven courses centered around the live entertainment industry.

August 2014

  • WXYZ-TV Channel 7 announces a new, streetside glass-enclosed, outward-facing studio that will start construction inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Ave. The building is owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services, and marks a return to the city for WXYZ, which began broadcasting on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1948.
  • 7 Greens, DIME Store, and Crane’s on Broadway, three of Bedrock’s newest restaurant tenants, open for business. 7 Greens is located in ‘The Z’, and features fresh, gourmet made-to-order salads. DIME Store is a new American brunch bar in the lobby of the Chrysler House serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a bar in the evening. Crane’s on Broadway is a casual breakfast and lunch cafe in the lobby of the M@dison.
  • Quicken Loans partners with Life Remodeled to bring more than 1,500 team members to help clean up a Detroit neighborhood during Neighborhoods Week. Team members focused on Henderson Middle School in Detroit, and the two-block neighborhood area surrounding it.
  • The Quicken Loans Sports Zone opens in Cadillac Square, part of Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. In partnership with the Detroit 300 Conservancy and the Detroit Sports Zone, the Quicken Loans Sports Zone includes four basketball half courts that are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through early October. The courts were also complemented by a sand volleyball court for three weeks.

July 2014

  • Construction begins on M-1 RAIL, a 6.6 mile street car system funded primarily through private and foundation dollars. Investors include Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert and many other Detroit business leaders, corporations and organizations. M-1 RAIL will link Detroit’s riverfront to the central business district, Midtown, and educational, cultural, entertainment and medical institutions along Woodward Avenue to the New Center and North End neighborhoods as a positive, unprecedented step forward for mass transit in Detroit.
  • The third annual Live Downtown Games kicks off with a week-long competition between leaders and team members of Quicken Loans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Marketing Associates and Strategic Staffing Solutions. The week consists of a variety of athletic events and games in the heartof downtown Detroit. The competition recognizes the five-year, $4 million Live Downtown Program created to incentivize team members to live in downtown Detroit.
  • Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Family of Companies pledge $5 million toward the DIA’s commitment to raise $100 million as part of a “grand bargain” that will help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public.
  • Genius, an embeddable annotations website formerly known as Rap Genius, raises $40 million Series B led by Dan Gilbert and Detroit Venture Partners. Co-founder Ilan Zechory grew up in the metro-Detroit area, and caught the attention of Gilbert when he was in downtown Detroit touring the space of Rock Ventures.
  • Bedrock acquires the Globe Building at 407 E. Fort Street. The Globe Building with six stories and approximately 59,000 square feet is located on the northeast corner of Brush Street and E. Fort Street.
  • The Navy League of the United States announces that the City of Detroit has been selected as the commissioning site for the Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS DETROIT (LCS 7). The Ship is currently being built in Marinette, WI, and will be formally commissioned on the Detroit River downtown Detroit in the Spring 2016.

June 2014

  • Bedrock acquires the Detroit Media Partnership building located at 615 West Lafayette Boulevard. Current tenants, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, will move to the Bedrock owned Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort Street this fall.
  • Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution, launches Rise of the Rest tour in Detroit, highlighting four Midwest cities as top locations for startup companies and entrepreneurship. The other three cities included were Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Nashville. The day included a startup pitch competition where one lucky startup received a $100,000 investment by Steve Case. The competition was won by Stik.com, a Detroit Venture Partners company. More details are available at www.riseoftherest.com.
  • Bedrock announces the recruitment of three new restaurants to Detroit’s Central Business District. Mike’s Kabob Grille will serve Mediterranean food in the Chrysler House; Freshii will serve nutritious food options for people on the go in 1001 Woodward; and Wright & Company will serve contemporary small plates and craft cocktails in 1500 Woodward.

May 2014

  • The Blight Removal Task Force unveils its comprehensive plan to rid the city of Detroit of blight over the next several years. The plan can be downloaded at www.timetoendblight.com.
  • Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies hires more than 1,000 paid summer interns to spend the summer living, working and playing in Detroit.
  • Quicken Loans and Bedrock break ground on the Quicken Loans Technology Center, a state-of-the-art 66,000-square-foot data center and office complex located at 1401 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit’s vibrant Corktown district. The new facility will feature two 10,000-square-foot server rooms in addition to training centers and meeting space available for use by Quicken Loans’ technology team members.
  • Bedrock announces the recruitment of Citizen Yoga, 7 Greens and NoJo Kicks as new tenants in ‘The Z’. The tenants will offer yoga, healthy gourmet eating and premium retail options on the Library Street side of the garage.
  • Microsoft Ventures establishes a presence in downtown Detroit, leasing space in the M@dison Building while partnering with the M@dison Block to offer the neighborhood’s entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to be successful and build world-class companies.

April 2014

  • Bedrock acquires three new properties in the Capitol Park area including 119 State Street, 45 W. Grand River and a vacant lot at 28 W. Grand River Avenue.
  • Bedrock announces national entertainment attraction Punch Bowl Social as the anchor tenant of the Z, taking up the entire Broadway Street retail space. Punch Bowl Social will offer made-from-scratch, high-end comfort food, a large craft beer selection and handmade cocktails paired with old-school games such as ping pong, bowling, marbles, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, pool and more. It will be open 7 days a week beginning in November.

March 2014

  • Bedrock announces new tenant, Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), which will set up their school in the historic Bamlet Building at 1265 Griswold in Capitol Park beginning this fall. DIME, founded by three British music veterans, is a high-end music academy where students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma in creative music performance, or simply sign up to take classes, with an emphasis on providing a multi-faceted, career-driven education. DIME currently is occupying the first floor of 1520 Woodward, where it has set up an entertainment space and admissions office.
  • The Detroit Police Department, in collaboration with Rock Ventures and other community partners, announces the expansion of Project Lighthouse, an innovative neighborhood watch program designed to keep residents, employees, and visitors safe in the city of Detroit. Expanded locations outside of the Central Business District include several gas stations throughout Detroit, and these locations have pledged to provide safety assistance to citizens and visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

January 2014

  • The Z, Bedrock’s first ground-up development in downtown Detroit opens to the public. The Z, a 10-floor parking structure zigzagging from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Library and Gratiot, showcases murals from international artists as well as state-of-the-art parking technology.

2013

December 2013

  • Rock Ventures acquires 1400 Woodward Avenue, just north of the former Hudson’s department store site. The eight-story building was built in 1915 and adds 60,000 square feet to the company’s portfolio.
  • Rock Ventures partnered with the Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation and Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA), to fund a $1.5 million survey of every residential and commercial building and vacant lot in Detroit. The survey, which began in December, is known as Motor City Mapping, and will document every one of Detroit’s nearly 400,000 parcels to determine the extent of blighted property citywide.

November 2013

  • Rock Ventures selected SHoP Architects’ as architect of record to lead the design process for a landmark multi-use development at the Hudson’s site.  SHoP will partner with local architectural firm Hamilton Anderson Associates to create a visionary design for this property in our urban core.
  • Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit returns for the second year, bringing a full lineup of holiday retail to the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue including anchor tenant Moosejaw, the return of Somerset Collection City Loft, The Detroit Shoppe and new pop ups The Hand Made Company and Rock Paper Scissors. Woodward Avenue also received a facelift with LED lights and window displays by Somerset Collection retailers.

October 2013

  • ‘Opportunity Detroit’ public Wi-Fi launches in Campus Martius, Cadillac Square the lobbies of the First National, 1001 Woodward and Chase Tower buildings. The effort is sponsored by Bedrock Real Estate Services.
  • BoostUp, Detroit Venture Partners’ 22nd portfolio company, launches in Detroit’s M@dison building after relocating from Chicago. The start-up is a social savings platform that helps consumers save for life’s big purchases.
  • Rock Ventures adds 1505 Woodward and 1265 Griswold to its downtown Detroit real estate portfolio. These buildings add 84,000 square feet of mixed-use development to the company’s portfolio.
  • Bedrock Real Estate Services and fine-art gallery Library Street Collective announce the launch of a dynamic art project that will make “the Z” parking structure and retail development a uniquely exciting experience for downtown visitors. Once complete, the Z will feature murals by 27 artists from around the world, including a local Detroit artist.

September 2013

  • Google for Entrepreneurs names The M@dison Block, Detroit’s new start-up neighborhood, as part of its international tech hub network. The M@dison Block, in the heart of downtown Detroit, is one of the most desirable hotbeds of technology entrepreneurship in the country.
  • Dan Gilbert is named as a co-chair of the Blight Revitalization Task Force by The Obama Administration.
  • Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the fall 2013 term including WaitTime, StyleShack, Sun Daily and GridPar.
  • Quicken Loans’ facilities team and Doodle Commercial designers combine to form dPOP!, a new office planning company specializing in office design and space planning.
  • Rockbridge Growth Equity, Rock Ventures’ private equity firm, acquires Maryland-based RapidAdvance — a company specializing in helping small businesses get the money they need to operate and grow.
  • Quicken Loans partners with the Neighborhood Service Organization to fight homelessness’ in Detroit, contributing $350,000 for permanent supportive housing for homeless adults in Detroit.

August 2013

  • The first 15 police cruisers and 10 EMS units, paid for by a pledge from the business community (including Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans), are delivered to the Detroit Police Department.
  • Grand Circus, a training institute on a mission to elevate the tech community, launches to meet the growing need for tech jobs in downtown Detroit.
  • As part of ARISE! Detroit Neighborhoods Day, more than 1,200 Quicken Loans team members clean up Detroit’s neighborhoods by painting, removing debris, doing yard work and more.

July 2013

  • The Somerset Collection’s CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe pop-up retail stores reopen in downtown Detroit. CityLoft features nearly 40 pop-up shops from the Somerset Collection’s luxury retail partners.
  • The second annual Live Downtown Games kicks off with a week-long friendly competition between Quicken Loans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Marketing Associates and Strategic Staffing Solutions. The competition recognizes the five-year, $4 million Live Downtown Program created to incentivize team members to live in the city in Detroit.

June 2013

  • Rock Ventures acquires 1238 Randolph Street, the former Serman’s building in the historic Greektown neighborhood. The three-story landmark building was constructed in 1905 and is located at the gateway to the Greektown entertainment and casino district.
  • The 620 and 630 Woodward buildings are acquired by Rock Ventures. The four-story historic 620 Woodward building includes 3,738 square feet of prime retail space on the first floor. Built in 1880, the four-story 630 Woodward building features 24,000 square feet of space. Both buildings, located in a prominent location on the northbound side of Woodward Avenue, are in the heart of Detroit’s thriving Central Business District.
  • Opportunity Detroit sponsors an international design ideas competition to develop a signature project on the historic Hudson’s Department Store site. More than 200 designs are submitted from around the world; the winning entry is from Rome, Italy.

May 2013

  • Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies hires 1,200 paid summer interns to spend the summer living, working and playing in Detroit.
  • Three new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the summer 2013 term including Cookie App, FoodJunky and Visify Books.
  • Rock Ventures announces ROSSETTI, an international architectural planning and design firm, will move its headquarters to the historic Federal Reserve Building, located in the heart of Detroit’s rapidly expanding business district at Fort and Shelby Streets.

April 2013

  • Rock Gaming affiliate, Athens Acquisition LLC, acquires a majority interest in downtown Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel with a vision to enhance and grow the existing entertainment district and continue the positive momentum already occurring in the heart of downtown Detroit.

March 2013

  • Rock Ventures acquires the 23-story 1001 Woodward office tower, located in the heart of Detroit’s emerging tech district. The building was built in 1965 for the First Federal Savings and Loan of Detroit and features 299,500 square feet of prime office space.
  • Rock Ventures, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) announce an extraordinary placemaking plan for Detroit’s urban core.
  • Rock Ventures acquires the historic 12-story Albert Kahn-designed Vinton Building. Built in 1917, the 54,600 square foot building was added to the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1982 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
  • Rock Ventures signs master lease agreements with the Schostak Brothers and Farbman Group to manage more than 60,000 square feet of first floor retail along the Woodward Corridor in downtown Detroit. The properties include 12 storefronts along the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Woodward Avenue.
  • Rock Ventures announces popular grocer Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market and Catering will occupy 15,000 square feet of space in the First National Building, steps from Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.
  • Moosejaw, the Michigan-based outdoor outfitter, announces it will sign a multi-year lease for its retail space located at 1275 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.
  • Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans joins with Penske, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Platinum Equity, Shinola and the Kresge Foundation to announce an $8 million pledge to replace 100 police cruisers and 23 EMS units in the city of Detroit.
  • San Francisco-based Uber, a company that provides on-demand luxury car service through a smart phone app, opens its office in downtown Detroit’s M@dison Building.

February 2013

  • The Roasting Plant, a unique and innovative coffee shop, opens in the Rock Ventures-owned First National Building. The Detroit location is Roasting Plant’s first shop outside of New York City.
  • Two new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the winter 2013 term including Canopi and Social2Step.
  • Campus Commandos, a college marketing agency that ignites brand enthusiasm on college campuses, launches its business in the historic First National Building in downtown Detroit. Campus Commandos is one of the first Bizdom companies to begin making equity investments back to the Bizdom fund that initially seeded the company.

2012

December 2012

  • Rock Ventures purchases One Woodward, a 26-story, 361,000 square foot building located in Detroit’s Central Business District.
  • Metro-West Appraisal, the nation’s largest independent residential real estate appraisal company, announces it will move its national headquarters to downtown Detroit’s Chrysler House in March 2013.
  • Rock Ventures adds five buildings to its real estate portfolio: 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), 1217 Woodward, 1412 Woodward, 1301 Broadway (Cary Building Lofts) and 1521 Broadway (Small Plates Building) for a total of 115,600 square feet of prime commercial space in downtown Detroit.

November 2012

  • Bedrock Real Estate Services breaks ground on its first development, a specialty retail and parking development that will create 1,300 new parking spaces in downtown Detroit. The development, known as the Z-site, zigzags from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Library Street and Gratiot, occupying what was previously a surface lot.
  • Three new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the fall 2012 term including 1st and Goal Recruiting, Backstitch and Whip Hand Cosmetics.

October 2012

  • Rock Connections, a strategic marketing company that provides experienced communications specialists, robust analytics, and targeted selling strategies, moves 140 team members into the Chase Tower Building in downtown Detroit’s growing tech hub.
  • Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans launch Opportunity Detroit with a national commercial narrated by Kid Rock on the FOX television network during game four of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants.

July 2012

  • Title Source, the largest independent provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services in the nation, begins moving 1,500 team members to downtown Detroit’s First National Building.
  • Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the summer 2012 term including Brys + Edgewood, Chalkfly, SKUserve and GuidesMob.

June 2012

  • Quicken Loans partners with other Detroit businesses to create “IT in the D,” a program designed to give local university students real-world experience and prepare them for tech jobs in Detroit.
  • Chalkfly, an office and school supplies website offering more than 50,000 products, 24-7 live customer service and free overnight shipping, launches in Detroit, based out of the M@dison building.

April 2012

  • The Quicken Loans Family of Companies begins a national recruiting campaign to hire more than 1,400 team members, and launches Valley to Detroit, aimed at bringing laid-off Yahoo technology professionals to Detroit from Silicon Valley.
  • Rock Ventures and Chrysler hold a press conference announcing that Chrysler will lease the top two floors of Rock Ventures’ Dime Building and rename the building Chrysler House.
  • Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the spring 2012 term including Good Sweat, CourseHack, Qlovi and RAPT.fm.

March 2012

  • UpTo, a new social platform focused on the future tense and allowing users to easily share calendar events, launches from the M@dison building as a Detroit Venture Partners’ portfolio company.

February 2012

  • To encourage Detroit’s “brain gain,” the Quicken Loans Family of Companies hires 600 paid interns – with 500 of them working in Detroit to discover all the great things the city has to offer.
  • Just Baked, a specialty cupcake shop and bakery opens in the Chrysler House.

January 2012

  • Rock Ventures adds two more buildings to its real estate portfolio – the historic Federal Reserve Building and 1550 Woodward Avenue, a one-story building to be utilized for retail or commercial use.

2011

December 2011

  • Rock Ventures completes the acquisition of three additional properties in downtown Detroit – the historic Wright-Kay brownstone, the Lane Bryant Building and the Arts League of Michigan Building.

November 2011

  • Doodle Home, a Detroit-based web company sets up shop in downtown Detroit’s M@dison Building. Doodle home, an interior design destination, provides its members – the design community, manufacturers and consumers – with a new online tool offering design inspiration, advice and resources, and the ability to purchase home furnishings.
  • Detroit Labs, a mobile app start up, launches in Detroit’s growing tech corridor in the M@dison Building.

October 2011

  • An additional 2,000 Quicken Loans team members move into the newly renovated Chase Tower.

September 2011

  • Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies host a job fair to fill 500 positions in Detroit; 2,500 people line up around the building to apply.

August 2011

  • Rock Ventures purchases Detroit’s First National Building, a 25-story, 822,684 square foot limestone high-rise built in 1930.  Designed with an unusual “Z” configuration to maximize natural light, it occupies an entire block along Cadillac Square overlooking Campus Martius Park.
  • Rock Ventures acquires its fourth building. Built in 1912, the 350,599 square foot Dime Building was designed in the neoclassical style by Daniel Burnham and is located in downtown Detroit, along with the Financial District Garage, an adjacent 983-space parking structure.
  • Rock Ventures purchases the M@dison Parking Lot on Broadway, adjacent to the M@dison Building.

July 2011

  • Quicken Loans and four other downtown Detroit companies launch the Live Downtown Program, a five-year, $4 million program created to incentivize people to live in the city in offers financial incentives to team members to live in Detroit.
  • Quicken Loans sponsors the debut of Somerset Collection’s CityLoft, a pop-up shop open the last weekend of each month in downtown Detroit with mini-versions of upscale stores, to bring retail back to downtown Detroit.

June 2011

  • Quicken Loans hires 200 interns to work in its downtown Detroit office to expose students to the city and help end Detroit’s “brain drain.”

May 2011

  • Skidmore Studio, a graphic design firm located in a nearby suburb, announces it will become the anchor tenant in the M@dison Building.

April 2011

  • Rock Ventures acquires Chase Tower, a 505,000 square foot, 14-story high rise office building, occupying a full city block at the foot of Campus Martius Park located in Detroit’s downtown Central Business District.
  • Rock Ventures buys Two Detroit Center, a 1,106-space parking garage located in the Central Business District.

January 2011

  • Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance and integration of Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate, purchases Detroit’s historical M@dison Theatre Building and begins transforming it into a collaborative tech hub to encourage partnership among local entrepreneurs.

2010

November 2010

  • Dan Gilbert, together with entrepreneurs Josh Linkner and Brian Hermelin, launch Detroit Venture Partners, a Detroit-based venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies to be located in the city.

August 2010

  • Quicken Loans and five sister companies move 1,700 team members into the Compuware building in downtown Detroit.

2009

July 2009

  • Quicken Loans announces it will relocate its headquarters to the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit in 2010.

January 2009

  • Dan Gilbert and other business leaders invest in M-1 RAIL, a 6.6 mile light-rail system that will link key neighborhoods to Detroit’s riverfront, the business district, and educational, cultural, entertainment and medical institutions along Woodward Avenue.

2007

January 2007

  • Dan Gilbert founds Bizdom, a non-profit entrepreneurship accelerator for budding web and tech-based startups in Detroit.

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New Businesses Located and Operating in Bedrock Buildings

Below is a listing of the more than 120 companies that have moved into (or have been created in) the following Bedrock properties in downtown Detroit.

M@dison Building

✓ 1555 Broadway St. ✓ 50,000 square feet ✓ 100 percent occupied

  • Microsoft Ventures: A Microsoft initiative designed to support founders at every stage of the startup lifecycle
  • Twitter: A real-time information network that connects people to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news
  • Skidmore Studio: A leading creative design firm occupying 9,780 square feet of space
  • Detroit Venture Partners (DVP): A venture capital firm specializing in funding early stage technology businesses
  • UpTo: A new social platform focused on the future tense, allowing users to easily share calendar events
  • Chez Zara: A full-service espresso bar that specializes in exceptional espresso drinks and organic teas
  • Are You a Human: The answer to frustrating CAPTCHA entries, Are You a Human uses fun games to verify the authenticity of people completing online forms
  • Ludlow Ventures: An angel and seed-stage venture capital firm investing in web and digital technologies
  • iRule: A cloud software company offering products for home entertainment and home automation.
  • LevelEleven: Developed SalesContestBuilder, a hybrid of a Facebook, fantasy football, and online gaming, to create goal-based competitions
  • Exxodus Pictures: A production company whose first feature film, Jinn, is now in post-production
  • Facility Matrix Group (FMG): The area’s pre-eminent provider of office furniture
  • Chalkfly: An office and school supply company that is rooted in giving back to teachers across the nation while providing customers with quality office supplies, innovative technology, and exceptional service
  • Ginkgotree: Allows faculty to build online curriculums from any resource, complete with automated copyright clearance and digital content sourcing.
  • BoostUp: A first-of-its-kind social saving platform that enables consumers to save up and get monetary “boosts” toward life’s big purchases like a car, home, wedding or trip

Chase Tower

✓ 611 Woodward Avenue ✓ 524,600 square feet ✓ 100 percent occupied

  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender

First National Building

✓ 660 Woodward Avenue ✓ 822,700 square feet ✓ 96 percent occupied

  • Title Source: The largest independent provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services in the nation
  • One Reverse Mortgage: The largest reverse-only mortgage lender in America and second largest retail provider of reverse mortgage home loans
  • Aerotek: A leading staffing agency that matches qualified candidates with top companies worldwide
  • Roasting Plant: New York-based coffee company with unique Javabot roasting technology
  • Salon Detroit: A cutting-edge hair and nail salon 
  • Campus Commandos: An advertising agency helping brands market their products and services to college students
  • Blue Water Technologies: National AV technology company specializing in audio visual integration and digital media
  • Bedrock Real Estate Services: Rock Ventures’ full-service real estate firm, specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing of commercial space
  • DWH, Inc.: A financial company assisting mid-size companies in maximizing values, opportunities, and business outcomes
  • Wedit: Affordable wedding videography to capture once in-a-lifetime moments from perspectives unlike anything else
  • Colburn Colburn Insurance and Risk Services: A provider of insurance and risk management services

Chrysler House

✓ 719 Griswold Street ✓ Former Dime Building ✓ 352,000 square feet ✓ 98 percent occupied

  • Chrysler Group LLC: Automotive company that produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • In-House Realty: A real estate services company matching clients with pre-screened real estate agents in their local community across the country
  • The Professional Group: A full-service janitorial and building services company
  • Rock Connections: A strategic marketing company that provides experienced communications specialists, robust analytics, and targeted selling strategies
  • Metro-West Appraisal: The nation’s largest independent residential real estate appraisal company
  • Just Baked: Specialty cupcake shop and bakery
  • Rehmann: A company offering accounting, tax planning and financial consulting services
  • Allied Printing Company: Provides printing, information management, and warehouse & fulfillment services
  • Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello PLC: Provides world-class legal service
  • Professional Movers.com: Moving company that specializes in providing local, long distance, and international relocation services for people and businesses
  • Elite Fire Safety: A one-stop-shop for fire safety needs
  • FNC, Inc. : A real estate information technology company ensuring compliance and streamlines workflow for major mortgage leaders, servicers and community and regional banks
  • GSI: A company specializing in security, network and system integration
  • Metro Consulting: A full-service civil engineering and land surveying consultancy
  • Reliance One: A full-service staffing firm
  • SCI Marketview: A lead management company for automotive dealers
  • Corby Energy: Providing construction, engineering and support services to utilities and related businesses
  • Young and Sons, Drying and Restoration Specialists: A full-service 24-hour drying and restoration service
  • Qstride, Inc.: A leading analytics solutions provider that helps companies turn data into business intelligence
  • Diamond Recovery Property Restoration: A full-service emergency restoration company
  • P.I.C. Maintenance, Inc.: Specializing in commercial facility maintenance and janitorial services
  • Harmony Point CTC: IT workforce development company trains students for high skill, high demand, high wage technology jobs
  • Detroit Blight Authority: A non-profit corporation focused on total blight elimination
  • Lindemann Miller Siderius LLP: A law firm specializing in the representation of insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes
  • RAM Construction: The oldest and most experienced waterproofing and restoration contractor in the United States
  • Communication Associates: Providing marketing and creative services
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network: the statewide preservation organization dedicated to saving Michigan’s diverse historic places
  • P.I.E. Management: A service provider assisting with call center management, processing and staffing solutions
  • Hertz Schram, PC: A full service law firm representing individuals and businesses
  • BBF Engineering: A firm providing the highest quality of engineering services in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Picosun USA: The North American headquarters for the leading manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Just Topped: Specialty ice cream shop
  • dPOP!: a planning company specializing in office design and space planning.
  • Bubba Urdan Promotions: Metro Detroit promotions company
  • Dalton & Tomich: A law firm representing leading businesses, religious organizations and financial institutions throughout the nation
  • Rockbot: A social jukebox app that lets you be the DJ at your favorite bars, restaurants, gyms, and stores
  • Huffington Post Detroit: The Detroit office for the Huffington Post, an online international media outlet
  • Law Offices of Christopher Quinn : A full service law firm representing clients in Detroit and the metro area
  • Doodle Home: A virtual studio for interior designers to run their business more efficiently
  • 1701 Bespoke: A clothier specializing in custom fit suits, shirts and overcoats
  • Mike’s Kabob Grille: A mediterranean restaurant opening in April 2014
  • Hepta Control Systems: A leader in building automation and security systems and service and provides turnkey solutions on technical infrastructure for security, comfort and efficiency in buildings.
  • Dime Store: A new American Brunch Bar, serving breakfast lunch and dinner and becoming a bar in the evening.
  • UHY LLP: A leading national CPA firm.

One Woodward

✓ 361,000 square feet ✓ 91 percent occupied

  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • Kitch Drutchas: A full-service law firm and one of the premier medical malpractice defense firms in the industry
  • Heritage Vision Plans, Inc.: a leading provider of affordable, high-quality vision benefit plans for companies of all sizes
  • Cambridge Consulting: focused on wealth strategies, benefits consulting and risk management
  • Fontinalis Partners: A strategic investor in technology companies with an ability to significantly improve mobility

1001 Woodward

✓ 299,500 square feet ✓ 98 percent occupied

  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • Friedman Real Estate: A full-service real estate and brokerage company
  • Meridian Health Plan: a physician-owned, physician-operated group of health plans and related companies
  • Comlink: A network, voice and cloud service provider
  • Freshii: A restaurant focused on providing fresh and nutritious meal choices for people on the go

Federal Reserve Building

✓ 160 W. Fort Street ✓ 150,000 square feet ✓ 85 percent occupied

  • ROSSETTI: An international architectural planning and design firm servicing clients across a spectrum of markets, including sports and entertainment, corporate, hospitality and retail
  • Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News: Headquarters for Detroit’s two daily newspapers
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender

Lofts of Merchant Row (master lease)

✓ 45,000 square feet of first floor retail space ✓ 9 store fronts ✓ 1200 and 1400 blocks Woodward Avenue (on the west side of the street between Grand River and State Street on Woodward Avenue) ✓ 64 percent occupied

  • 1241 Woodward, 3,725 square feet
  • 1249 Woodward, 12,405 square feet (588 square feet above ground with additional basement space)
  • 1253 Woodward, 3,475 square feet
  • 1261 Woodward, 6,638 square feet (2,084 square feet additional mezzanine space)
  • 1275 Woodward, 1,820 square feet
  • 1425 Woodward, 2,394 square feet
  • 1433 Woodward, 3,140 square feet
  • 1441 Woodward, 4,000 square feet
  • Moosejaw: The quirky national outdoor retailer selling outdoor gear and apparel
  • Detroit Shoppe: A shop showcasing the people, places and products that have shaped the city of Detroit
  • D:Hive: A Welcome Center offering information, connections and tools to anyone wishing to live, work or engage in Detroit

Woodward Lofts (master lease)

✓ 15,000 square feet of first floor retail space ✓ 3 store fronts ✓ 1400 block Woodward Avenue (on the east side of the street between Grand River and John R on Woodward Avenue) ✓ 60 percent occupied

  • 1424 Woodward, 2,964 square feet
  • 1426 Woodward, 6,245 square feet
  • 1448 Woodward, 4,010 square feet (1,985 square feet additional mezzanine space)
  • M-1 RAIL: Community office for M-1 RAIL project

1528 Woodward

✓ Former Arts League Building ✓ 36,500 square feet ✓ 88 percent occupied

  • Sachse Construction: Offering premium commercial construction services nationwide
  • Bizdom: a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund, incubate, and grow innovative, web and tech-based startups
  • Stik.com: A website that brings the word-of-mouth referral process online
  • Rapt.fm: A website that allows you to have real-time rap battles around the world
  • Quikly: Short-term deals exclusively for college students
  • Ignition One, Inc.: A global leader in cloud-based digital marketing technology
  • Backstitch: Providing a clean and consistent experience for managing your personal website
  • Firmly Planted: Groundbreaking designs for outdoor spaces
  • Canopi: A place to find and follow bloggers who share similar interests
  • Social 2 Step: Industry pioneer in engaging, motivating, and empowering employees to become authentic brand advocates for their employers
  • 1st & Goal Recruiting: Provides advanced statistical analytics and performance prediction for college football recruiting
  • Whip Hand Cosmetics: Cosmetic company that celebrates today’s modern women
  • Brys & Edgewood: A company that produces DIY fondant kits and cupcake kits that are easy enough for anyone to make at home
  • SKUServe: Cloud-based international foreign language translation and interpreters marketplace
  • GuidesMob: A mobile app company that creates college guides for iPhones and Androids
  • Cookie App: Mobile App company that delivers a new, sweet surprise every day to your inbox
  • foodjunky: Mobile friendly website that provides an easy way to order food groups by saving time and allowing everyone to choose their order themselves.
  • Visify Books: A company that creates detailed, animated videos to go along with the content of books so that readers can quickly have a good understanding of the messages conveyed in the book.
  • GridPar: Powering enterprise through solar finance
  • StyleShack: A shopping platform aiming to connect consumers to local boutiques and unique online stores by offering a website that allows a customizable shopping experience
  • SunDaily: A research-based nutritional supplement manufacturer committed to producing the highest quality products using only the most effective, bioavailable ingredients like Vitamin D3
  • WaitTime: A software company that allows businesses to broadcast their real-time wait times to a variety of internet based platforms, including social media and mobile applications
  • Zipcar: The first Michigan office for the world’s largest car-sharing program providing an alternative to traditional car rental
  • Finn Partners: A global public relations and digital communications firm
  • Stevens Worldwide Van Lines: A leader in the moving and storage industry with agents around the country

1500 Woodward

✓ Former Wright Kay Building ✓ 22,600 square feet ✓ 80 percent occupied

  • Neumann/Smith Architecture: Specializing in architecture and interior design
  • Avalon Films: A boutique, full-service production company with affiliate offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto
  • Hudson Editorial: Specializing in creative editorial, graphics, visual effects and audio finishing
  • C/D/H: A technology consulting firm with over 20 years of service to clients statewide
  • Wright & Company : A gathering place specializing in American small plates and craft cocktails

1505 Woodward

✓ 48,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1520 Woodward

✓ 34,600 square feet ✓ 30 percent occupied

  • Detroit Labs: A leader in the development of Android, iOS and web-based applications
  • DIME: The admissions and performance space for Detroit Institute of Music Education- a high-end music academy where students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma in creative music performance.

1550 Woodward

✓ 9,800 square feet ✓ Under renovation

Kresge Building

✓ 1201 Woodward ✓ 53,700 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1217 Woodward

✓ 29,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1412 Woodward

✓ 6,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

Cary Building Lofts

✓ 1301 Broadway St. ✓ 17,600 square feet ✓ 47 percent occupied

  • Great Lakes Contract : One of the largest and foremost sign companies, lighting and electrical contractors in the Midwest
  • JFM Consulting : Detroit-based planning, evaluation and research consulting firm

Small Plates Building

✓ 1521 Broadway St. ✓ 9,300 square feet ✓ 100 percent occupied

Vinton Building

✓ 600 Woodward Avenue ✓ 54,600 square feet ✓ Under renovation

Greektown Casino

✓ 555 East Lafayette ✓ 361,600 square feet ✓ Amenities include: Brizola, The Market District, Asteria, The Fringe, Shotz Bar & Grill, Bistro 555 and VIP Lounge for players

Greektown Hotel

✓ 1200 Saint Antoine St. ✓ 460,000 square feet ✓ 400 hotel rooms

1238 Randolph

✓ 12,800 square feet ✓ Under construction

620 Woodward

✓ 16,000 square feet ✓ 18 percent occupied

630 Woodward

✓ 24,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1000 Farmer/815 Bates

✓ 37,920 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1265 Griswold

✓ 36,000 square feet ✓ 55 percent occupied

  • DIME : Detroit Institute of Music Education- a high-end music academy where students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma in creative music performance (to open in Fall 2014) 

1400 Woodward

✓ 60,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation ✓ 11 percent

1215 Griswold

✓ 29,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

1401 Rosa Parks

✓66,000 square feet ✓ Under construction- will be Quicken Loans data center

119 State Street

✓35,000 square feet ✓ Under renovation

45 West Grand River

✓11,500 square feet ✓ Under renovation

The Z

✓ 1234 Library Street ✓ 33,000 square feet of retail space

  • Punch Bowl Social: Denver-based gastro diner and entertainment attraction featuring craft cocktails and a variety of “throwback” games 
  • Citizen Yoga: A yoga studio offering classes that range from Vinyasa to Basics with an emphasis on alignment 
  • NoJo Kicks: An out-of-the-box premium retailer of luxury and rare collectible sneakers, tailored jeans and custom hats 
  • 7 Greens: A new farm to fork destination offering make-your-own salads with her homemade sauces, soups, granola and sweets 

 

Parking Garages and Surface Lots

  • Two Detroit Center Parking Garage, 160 E Congress St., 1,106 parking spaces
  • Financial District Garage, 730 Shelby St., 938 parking spaces
  • “The Z” Development, 1234 Library St., 33,000 square feet retail; 1,287 parking spaces
  • 1001 Woodward Garage,1001 Woodward Ave., 723 parking spaces
  • Greektown Hotel-Casino Garage, 1200 St. Antoine, 2,800 parking spaces
  • Brush Street Garage, 1001 Brush St., 1,000 parking spaces
  • Fort Street Garage, 419 E. Fort St., 628 parking spaces
  • New Valet Garage, 500 Macomb St., 899 parking spaces
  • M@dison Lot, 1545 Broadway St., 25 parking spaces
  • Randolph Lot, 748 Randolph St., 12 parking spaces
  • Lafayette Lot, 422 E. Lafayette St., 79 parking spaces
  • 28 West Grand River, 4,000 square foot vacant lot

 

Rock Ventures’ Companies Leasing Space in Downtown Detroit

Compuware Building

✓ 1050 Woodward Avenue ✓ 1,088,000 square feet ✓ Rock Ventures’ businesses lease four floors (244,000 square feet)

  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • Rock Ventures: An umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration of Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate
  • Fathead: The Real.Big. brand of officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics products
  • Bedrock Real Estate Services: Rock Ventures’ full-service real estate firm, specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing of commercial space
  • Rockbridge Growth Equity: A Detroit-based private equity firm that invests in mid-stage financial and business services, consumer-direct marketing, and sports, media & entertainment industries
  • Rock Gaming: A gaming partnership formed with an initial focus to develop full-service casinos in two of Ohio’s largest cities, as well as to explore other potential gaming opportunities elsewhere
  • Rock Companies: A real estate investment, development, construction and management company focusing on commercial, residential single and multi-family investments in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio
  • Quizzle: Website that gives consumers a complete understanding of their credit so they can make better financial decisions
  • BodyPartChart: Over-sized graphics that can be used to explain illnesses and procedures and bring new life to dull medical offices and classrooms

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