The following is a timeline of investments, business ventures and community efforts in downtown Detroit by Bedrock Real Estate Services and the Rock Ventures Family of Companies (including a list of the more than 130 new businesses located in Bedrock properties).


November 2015

  • ROCKET FIBERDetroit-based high-speed Internet service provider, Rocket Fiber, grows to 30 team members and moves in to new world headquarters 1505 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The 48,000 square-foot Albert Kahn-designed building is owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services. Rocket Fiber is the first tenant in the newly renovated historic building being brought back to life along the future route of the M-1 RAIL.

October 2015

  • ROCKET FIBERDetroit-based high-speed Internet service provider, Rocket Fiber, announces its lightning fast fiber lines will provide up to 10-gigabit Internet speeds for residential customers and up to 100-gig speeds for businesses. This giant leap launches Detroit into a small group of technology-savvy cities across the world that offer these gigabit speeds which are up to 1,000 times faster than the current residential average in Detroit. Beta testing is underway; the service is scheduled to launch in 2016. For more information, visit
  • GOSS LLC: Full-service commercial insurance agency Goss LLC, specializing in nearly all types of commercial insurance and risk management, opens a new office in the First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue. The company insures small, medium and large businesses and can provide any company with any type of insurance they need from global corporations with locations around the world to small, local businesses. For more information, visit
  • DR. ROBERT DIPILLA: Award-winning dentist, Dr. Robert DiPilla, opens a new full-service dental office at One Woodward Avenue (suite 1625) in downtown Detroit.  The 2,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located on the 16th floor of the iconic Minoru Yamasaki-designed skyscraper, owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services. The office is Dr. DiPilla’s third location, joining his offices in Birmingham, Michigan and Manhattan. Services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry, general cleanings, facial rejuvenation, periodontal maintenance and more with sweeping views of the Detroit River and city skyline. Appointments can be made at
  • MOOSEJAW SEASONAL SHOP: Moosejaw, the leading national outdoor retailer, announces it will open a new seasonal shop for the holidays in the heart of downtown Detroit. The new shop, featuring a wide assortment of special, hard-to-find styles from The North Face and Patagonia brands, is located at 1441 Woodward Avenue. The exclusive shop is less than a block north of Moosejaw’s permanent location at 1275 Woodward Avenue. The retailer partnered with Bedrock Real Estate Services to secure the 4,000 square foot street-level space through the holiday season.
  • DETROIT BLIGHT REMOVAL TASK FORCE: Rock Ventures, The Skillman Foundation and Dynamo Metrics, in partnership with the City of Detroit, release a new detailed data report showing an estimated increase in total home equity of more than $209 million thanks to more than $100 million in Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) from the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) since the Blight Removal Task Force program was implemented in 2014. Complete report details can be found at
  • BENZINGA: Financial news and data startup, Benzinga, announces it will relocate its headquarters and 35 full-time employees to One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. The fast-growing company plans to double its workforce over the next two years, adding up to 40 new jobs. Benzinga is a financial media platform offering customized data and content solutions to investors worldwide. The new offices will occupy 8,000 square feet of open, collaborative workspace on the second floor of the landmark high-rise, owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health.

September 2015

  • LEAR INNOVATION AND DESIGN CENTERBedrock Real Estate Services announces the sale of the historic 119 State Street building in Detroit’s Capitol Park to Lear Corporation, a world leader in automotive seating and electrical distribution systems. The global automotive supplier will turn the six-story, 35,000 square foot building at the corner of State and Shelby Streets into a new Innovation and Design Center. The hub for art, creativity, automotive advanced concept development and hands-on learning for Detroit college students will bring 150 jobs downtown. The building, which dates back to 1887 and originally housed Brown Brothers Cigar Manufacturers, will have programs and facilities for automotive innovation, a non-automotive new business incubator, a think tank, creative design studio, an art gallery, Lear executive satellite offices, conference and meeting space and a rooftop garden. The project is slated for completion in 2016.
  • DETROIT ORTHODONTIC SPECIALISTS: Downtown Detroit’s first Invisalign-only orthodontic practice opens on the fifth floor of Bedrock’s Globe building at 407 E. Fort Street. Three suburban orthodontists, Dr. Mike Lanzetta, Dr. Mary Barkley and Dr. Ken Norwick, joined forces to start the new practice which uses state-of-the-art technology and clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth in a chic, urban setting. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment. Call (313) 769-2030 or visit for more information.
  • CAMPLESS:, a website that provides data to sneaker collectors (better known as “sneakerheads”), announces it is relocating its headquarters from Philadelphia to One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. The company, which operates like a Kelly Blue Book for the secondary sneaker market by collecting, analyzing and distributing data about the industry, is receiving a significant investment from Detroit Venture Partners and Dan Gilbert. Campless is also launching “Collections”, a portfolio-like feature where sneakerheads can track the value of their shoes over time, compare their collection with other users and view financial metrics previously reserved for traditional assets like stocks and mutual funds.
  • GREEKTOWN STARBUCKS: Greektown Entertainment District’s first Starbucks location opens on the corner of Monroe Avenue and St. Antoine Street. Greektown Casino-Hotel and Bedrock Real Estate Services teamed up to bring this new Starbucks location to the historic Greektown district. The 1,800-square foot store is operated by Compass Group USA and is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

August 2015

  • BOOK TOWER, BOOK BUILDING + COMMUNITY CENTER: Bedrock acquires the historic 38-story Book Tower skyscraper, the attached 13-story Book Building and an adjacent 2-story community center in downtown Detroit. The three buildings, totaling 517,000 square feet, are located at 1265, 1249 and 1201 Washington Boulevard, spanning an entire city block between Grand River Avenue and State Street. The properties will be transformed into one of the most exciting mixed-use redevelopments in Bedrock’s real estate portfolio. The stunning Book Tower, recognizable for its copper roof and ornate details, dates back to 1926. It was built in the Italian Renaissance style by famed architect Louis Kamper who also designed the Book Building in 1917.
  • DETROIT INTERNAL MEDICINE: Detroit Internal Medicine opens in Bedrock’s beautiful, historic 1274 Library Street building. Dr. Brian Kolender is an affiliate of MDVIP, a national network of primary care physicians across the country who practice personalized healthcare.
  • REHABBED AND READY PROGRAM: The Detroit Land Bank Authority, Quicken Loans and The Home Depot partner to create the “Rehabbed and Ready” program, making fully renovated homes available to Detroiters via Detroit’s auction website, Development begins in four of Detroit’s west side neighborhoods – Bagley, Crary/St. Mary’s, College Park and Evergreen/Outer Drive.
  • ENTERPRISE: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an internationally recognized brand with more than 7,000 neighborhood and airport locations across North America and Europe, opens a new downtown Detroit location in the 1001 Brush Street garage in the heart of the Greektown Entertainment District. Enterprise is well-known for its great rates, award-winning customer service and picking up local car rental customers at no extra cost.
  • DROUGHT: DROUGHT opens a new, permanent retail location in downtown Detroit at 719 Griswold selling organic, cold-pressed raw fruit and vegetable juices,  hemp milk and cold brew coffee. Four metro Detroit sisters started the successful company in their parents’ kitchen. The store is open seven days a week. For more information, visit
  • CENTRAL KITCHEN + BAR: Modern American gastropub, Central Kitchen + Bar, opens on the ground level of the First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue. The restaurant and bar features approachable, upscale bar food and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Central serves brunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week. For hours or for more information, call (313) 963-9000 or visit
  • HOUSE OF PURE VIN: Sophisticated wine shop, House of Pure Vin, announces plans to open in late September at 1433 Woodward Avenue. The 3,100 square foot street-level retail shop will feature more than 4,000 bottles of wine from up to 400 brands with a special focus on Michigan-made products. Michigan is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the U.S. House of Pure Vin is a bridge between the Michigan wine industry, tourism, and downtown Detroit. The shop has a master sommelier on staff and will offer wine tastings, special events, and gift baskets.
  • HONIGMAN: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP signs a long-term lease to remain in the historic First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue for the next 10 years and beyond. Bedrock Real Estate Services, which owns and manages the iconic skyscraper, is working with Honigman to completely refurbish more than 150,000 square feet of space for the law firm, which houses more than 400 attorneys and team members.
  • DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY: Detroit Water Ice Factory, a charitable dessert shop, opens at 1014 Woodward Avenue in the retail space at One Campus Martius. 100% of the profits from the shop will benefit Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit charities which assist Detroiters in need from newborns to senior citizens. In addition, Detroit Water Ice employees will gain valuable work experience through youth training programs run by Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. Bedrock Real Estate Services is providing the space for the shop rent-free.

July 2015

  • TOWNHOUSE: Townhouse restaurant opens its highly anticipated downtown Detroit location at One Detroit Center (500 Woodward Avenue). The restaurant features a 3,000 square foot all-glass, all-season dining area with a retractable roof and walls, a seafood pantry and an indoor whiskey lounge. Carts are used to serve American-style dim sum with a variety of appetizers and small bites. The menu includes gourmet burgers, build your own salads, salmon, shrimp tacos, steak frites and more. Townhouse is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • MOLINA HEALTHCARE: Molina Healthcare, one Michigan’s largest Medicaid HMO plans, holds an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new offices at 615 W. Lafayette in downtown Detroit. The company’s move downtown created 125 new jobs. Bedrock Real Estate Services is restoring the historic Albert Kahn designed building which is the former home of The Detroit News and Free Press. Molina is leasing 30,000 square feet of office space on the 5th floor. Construction on other floors is ongoing.
  • DUCKETT MANAGEMENT: New York-based residential real estate development company Duckett Management opens an office in Bedrock’s First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue and begins renovating a historic apartment building in Midtown. Spurred by a flood of investments and new business moving to the city, Duckett purchased the H.R. Finn Apartments at 678 Selden Street. The vacant 22,000 square foot building will be completely restored with 28 studio and one-bedroom apartments, two commercial office spaces, a laundry room, fitness facilities and more.

June 2015

  • QUICKEN LOANS TECHNOLOGY CENTER: Quicken Loans’ ultra-high-tech, state-of-the-art 66,000 square-foot data center and office complex opens its doors. The new facility, built from the ground up, features two 10,000 square-foot server rooms in addition to training, office, and support space. Half of the data center is occupied by members of Quicken Loans’ technology team. An equal-sized 33,000 square-foot portion of the building, including the second 10,000 square-foot server room, is available for lease through Bedrock Real Estate Services. The center is located at 1401 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit’s up-and-coming Corktown neighborhood.
  • STANDBY AND ‘THE SKIP’: Bedrock Real Estate Services and thirteen01 Restaurant Group announce two new downtown Detroit hotspots – a contemporary cocktail bar called Standby and a casual, outdoor alley bar, ‘The Skip.’ Both will be accessed through the art-filled alley known as ‘The Belt’ connecting Gratiot and Grand River Avenues between Broadway and Library Streets. Standby, an elegant and inviting bar and eatery, is located at 225 Gratiot Avenue. The Skip will be a 50-seat outdoor alley bar open every spring, summer and fall. Construction is underway on both projects and is expected to be completed this fall.
  • KIT AND ACE: Canadian retailer Kit and Ace, a Vancouver-based company which designs and develops luxury apparel for women and men, announces plans to open a 3,000 square foot flagship store at 1449 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit’s historic Merchant’s Row. The company, created by the wife and son of Lululemon Athletica founder, Chip Wilson, uses unique materials including a machine washable cashmere blend. The store is slated to open in early 2016 and will be a one-of-a-kind shopping destination downtown featuring “hyper-local” elements including the work of local artists and events involving local restaurants.

May 2015

  • SHEPARD FAIREY MURAL: World renowned street artist Shepard Fairey paints his largest mural to date on an outer wall of One Campus Martius. The 184’ x 60’ mural took the artist and his team approximately one week to complete. Fairey also created a smaller mural and five large panels for the art-filled alley known as The Belt which cuts through The Z garage. In addition, Fairey’s work is featured in a solo exhibition at the Library Street Collective gallery, 1260 Library Street.
  • LOTHRUP PARKING GARAGECASS PARKING GARAGE: Bedrock Real Estate Services acquires two parking garages in Detroit’s New Center Neighborhood. The structures include the Lothrop Garage at 116 Lothrop and Cass Garage at 6540 Cass. The two garages contain a combined total of 1,815 parking spaces, located within one block of a future M-1 RAIL station.
  • DAVID STOTT BUILDING + CLARK LOFTS: Bedrock Real Estate Services acquires two historic buildings, the 35-story, 210,000 square foot landmark David Stott Building (1150 Griswold) and 10-story, 36,000 square foot Clark Lofts (35 West Grand River), in downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park. The two structures, which are currently vacant, will be fully renovated and managed by Bedrock in one of the city’s most exciting, up-and-coming neighborhoods. Capitol Park is a block-long triangle bounded by Shelby, Griswold and State Streets.
  • STARBUCKS: Greektown Casino-Hotel and Bedrock Real Estate Services announce the first Starbucks location, operated by Compass Group USA, coming to downtown Detroit’s historic Greektown Entertainment District. Starbucks will occupy approximately 1,800 square feet on the first floor and will be accessible from both St. Antoine Street and the hotel lobby, which is located at the corner of Monroe Avenue and St. Antoine Streets. The coffee shop is expected to open in September 2015; hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
  • BRUSH PARK REDEVELOPMENT: Detroit’s first major residential development in decades is announced for the city’s historic Brush Park neighborhood (bounded by Edmund, John R, Brush and Alfred). Brush Park Development Partners was selected to transform the 8.4-acre, 47-parcel site, constructing more than 300 new residential units, retail and green public space within walking distance of the M-1 RAIL streetcar line. Four historic mansions will be restored in addition to new construction. Both for-sale and for-rent options will be available. Brush Park Development Partners includes: Marvin Beatty, Darrell Burks, Freman Hendrix, Pamela Rodgers, Sam Thomas, and Bedrock Development. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

April 2015

  • XENITH: Rock Ventures announces Xenith LLC, a member of its family of companies and a leading developer of innovative football helmets and shoulder pads, has moved its manufacturing assembly from the east coast to Southwest Detroit. The move to Detroit was made possible by several companies including Fathead, Lear Corporation, Rock Ventures, Sturgis Molded Products and James Group International. Xenith football helmets feature Xenith Adaptive Head Protection® – a system of patented technologies designed to provide superior fit and to help minimize the sudden movement of the head during impact. Hundreds of thousands of players at all levels, including youth, high school, major college and the NFL wear Xenith helmets. Xenith incorporates the same protection technology in not only helmets but also Xenith’s XFlexion Shoulder Pads.
  • BON BON BON: Artisan chocolatier Bon Bon Bon opens for business at Chrysler House (719 Griswold). The retail store, offering dozens of uniquely flavored two-bite bonbons, is open every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chocolate shop also takes special orders for parties and other occasions.
  • AMBER ENGINE: Rock Ventures announces the launch of Amber Engine, creators of a B2B cloud-based platform that is transforming the home furnishings industry and the way manufacturers and retailers conduct business. The company is headquartered in the historic Chrysler House building in the heart of downtown Detroit.
  • GAS STATION TV: GSTV, America’s leading video network at the pump, announces it will relocate its headquarters from Birmingham, Michigan to 1201 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. GSTV will move its entire operation, including more than 80 team members, and occupy three floors totaling approximately 15,000 square feet. The move is expected to be completed by June. The historic building, owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services, dates back to 1891 and is the former home of Kresge department store.

March 2015

  • ALLY FINANCIAL: Fortune 500 company Ally Financial announces it has signed a historic 12-year lease deal with Bedrock Real Estate Services. The company will consolidate its Southeast Michigan workforce and move 1,500 employees to One Detroit Center beginning in spring 2016. The nation’s leading automotive financial services company will occupy 13 floors and 321,000 square feet in the building, to be renamed “Ally Detroit Center.” Ally will relocate 700 employees already in Detroit plus an additional 600 employees from other metro Detroit locations. In addition, the company will work with 200 third party contractors and vendors.
  • ONE DETROIT CENTERBedrock Real Estate Services acquires One Detroit Center, a 43-story, one million square foot skyscraper located at 500 Woodward Avenue between Congress and Larned Streets and an attached parking structure with more than 2,000 spaces. One Detroit Center is Detroit and Michigan’s tallest office tower. Built in 1993, it is a prominent fixture in the city’s skyline with its Flemish-inspired neo-gothic spires. A new, 7,000 square foot Townhouse restaurant with an all-glass dining space and retractable roof is scheduled to open on the ground floor this summer. Ally Financial will establish its new Detroit headquarters in the building and rename the office tower “Ally Detroit Center.”
  • CENTRAL KITCHEN + BAR: Construction begins on modern American gastropub, Central Kitchen + Bar to be located on the ground level of the First National Building (660 Woodward Avenue.) The restaurant and bar will feature approachable, upscale bar food. Opening is scheduled for July 2015. Central is expected to bring approximately 50 new jobs to Detroit’s Central Business District.
  • JOHN VARVATOS: Famed American menswear designed John Varvatos opens his first Midwest store in the heart of downtown Detroit at 1500 Woodward Avenue. With more than 4,600 square feet on two levels, the store offers the full product breadth of John Varvatos menswear and provides a unique shopping destination for the entire region.
  • BON BON BON: Hamtramck-based Bon Bon Bon, an artisan chocolatier making more than 70 varieties of uniquely flavored chocolates, announces plans to open a new 400-square foot retail space at Chrysler House (719 Griswold). Flavors include birthday cake, sweet potato pie, s’mores and more. The store will open in spring 2015.

February 2015

  • WXYZ-TV STUDIO: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) launches its official 7 downtown debut marking the start of daily noon broadcasts from its new, state-of-the-art glass studio inside Chase Tower (The Qube) at 611 Woodward Avenue. The live newscasts are anchored by JoAnne Purtan every weekday.
  • ROCKET FIBER: Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, confirms the formation of Rocket Fiber LLC, a game-changing, Detroit-based high-speed Internet provider. The brand new advanced fiber-optic network will boost Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than the current residential average. Rocket Fiber will serve residents, local government and businesses in downtown Detroit, with plans to expand to other parts of the city.
  • 6 NEW TENANTS: Bedrock announces six new tenants have opened or are opening offices totaling 16,000 square feet in Detroit’s Central Business District. The new tenants range from accounting to construction contracting and parking management services and include: Dixon Masonry and Colburn & Colburn (both at 660 Woodward); Ultimate Parking Management (1001 Woodward); Siegfried Group (One Woodward); JFM Consulting Group and Great Lakes Architectural Products Group (both at 1301 Broadway). The businesses all signed leases between September 2014 and February 2015.
  • FRESHII: Freshii, a restaurant focused on providing fresh, nutritious meal choices for people on the go, opens a new downtown Detroit location at 1001 Woodward Avenue. Freshii’s meals and snacks are fiber-rich and contain slow-burning carbs, essential fats and lean proteins. Menu items include custom-made green wraps, salads, quinoa bowls and fresh pressed juices.
  • MICHIGAN OFFICE SOLUTIONS: Michigan Office Solutions (MOS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Co. and a provider of leading-edge office technology and 3D solutions for businesses, opens a new downtown Detroit location at 1001 Woodward Avenue. More than two dozen MOS team members move into a 4,374 square foot space in the 23-story office building near Campus Martius Park. The new location includes a technology showcase area and room for significant growth.
  • ROCK PROCESSING LLC: Rock Ventures, the Quicken Loans family of companies and International Bancard, an industry-leading credit card processing company, announce the creation of Rock Processing. The new downtown Detroit-based company will provide credit card, debit card, and automated clearing house services. Rock Processing clients will benefit from real-time transaction reporting, $100,000 in data breach protection, dedicated service consultants and the quick clearing of funds into bank accounts.

January 2015

  • 1274 LIBRARY STREET: Bedrock Real Estate Services acquires 1274 Library Street, also known as the historic L.B. King & Co. building. The six-story, 36,000 square foot building is located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Library Street. Curis Enterprises, a Detroit-based real estate development and management firm, was a partner in the purchase. The building dates back to 1911 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • AMBER ENGINE: Amber Engine, a change agent Software as a Service (SaaS) is formed. Designed to serve the $275 billion home furnishings and décor B2B industry, this unique platform leverages the company’s deep knowledge of the industry and offers a robust product description and image solution in one simple, centralized location.
  • CITIZEN YOGA: Citizen Yoga opens its downtown Detroit location at 1224 Library Street, offering a variety of yoga classes seven days a week. The warm and welcoming 2,300 square foot studio has showers and lockers with charging stations for professionals on the go. Classes range from Vinyasa to Basics with an emphasis on alignment. Citizen Yoga also carries a cool line of yoga clothing, jewelry, and other items.
  • COMPUWARE BUILDING: Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health close on the purchase of the 15-story, one million square-foot Compuware Building at One Campus Martius. Quicken Loans will occupy an additional floor for a total of five floors or more than 300,000 square feet. Meridian will move approximately 700 team members to its new headquarters in the building by spring 2015, encompassing four floors with plans to expand to five floors and 2,000 team members by 2019. Bedrock’s investments in downtown Detroit have now topped $1.6 billion in about 70 properties (10 million square feet). The landmark building will eventually be renamed.


December 2014

  • STATE SAVINGS BANK: Bedrock Real Estate Services purchases the historic State Savings Bank building at 151 W. Fort Street, built in 1900 by famed architects McKim, Mead & White.
  • ROBB REPORT: Rockbridge Growth Equity, Rock Ventures’ private equity firm, acquires Robb Report, the worldwide definitive authority on luxury lifestyle which connects the most discerning global audiences to the most respected luxury marketers through magazines, websites, events and a private club.
  • PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL: Nationally acclaimed gastro diner, bar and entertainment venue Punch Bowl Social opens its newest location at 1331 Broadway Street in downtown Detroit. The 24,000 square foot space includes a dining area, bowling lanes, several bars, private karaoke rooms, Ping Pong, pool, retro video games and more. Punch Bowl Social is known for its made-from-scratch, upscale comfort food, artisan punches and craft cocktails. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Space can also be reserved for private parties.
  • SOMERSET COLLECTION CITYLOFT: Somerset Collection CityLoft opens in a new, bigger location inside the First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue. The upscale pop-up shop, sponsored by Somerset Collection and Bedrock Real Estate Services, features 40 retailers from Gucci to Gap and is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm December 3 through December 23.

November 2014

  • COMPUWARE BUILDING: Bedrock Real Estate Services signs a purchase agreement for downtown Detroit’s landmark Compuware Building at One Campus Martius. Bedrock also announces plans to partner with HMO Meridian Health on the acquisition of the 15-story, one million square-foot high-rise in the heart of Detroit’s thriving central business and technology district. Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies first moved 1,700 team members into the Compuware Building in 2010. Closing is expected by the end of the year.
  • ‘THE BELT’ GRAND OPENING: A grand opening celebration with food trucks, live music, and hundreds of participants is held at ‘The Belt,’ a new public art experience in the alley that cuts through The Z garage (between Grand River and Gratiot Avenues). The Belt, created by Bedrock Real Estate Services and the fine art gallery Library Street Collective, features dozens of permanent murals by artists from around the world and a rotating pop-up art exhibit. The Belt is free and open to the public year round.
  • WXYZ-TV STUDIO: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) broadcasts live for the first time from its new, state-of-the-art glass studio inside Chase Tower (The Qube) at 611 Woodward Avenue. The live broadcast focused on the decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to approve Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy. WXYZ-TV plans to broadcast noon newscasts live from The Qube every weekday beginning in December.

October 2014

  • FIFTH THIRD BANK: Fortune 500 company Fifth Third Bank announces it will move its regional headquarters and more than 150 full-time employees to Detroit from Southfield beginning in March 2015. The bank will occupy four floors encompassing 62,000 square feet at One Woodward Avenue. The 29-story skyscraper will be renamed Fifth Third Bank at One Woodward.
  • JOHN VARVATOS: Famed American menswear designer John Varvatos announces he will open his first Midwest retail boutique in the heart of downtown Detroit. The 4,000 square foot store will be located at 1500 Woodward Avenue. It is slated to open in spring 2015.
  • MOLINA HEALTHCARE INC: Molina Healthcare Inc. announces it will expand its Michigan presence and establish a new office in the Detroit Media Partnership building, 615 W. Lafayette Boulevard. The new 30,000 square foot office will open in fall 2014.

September 2014

  • UHY LLP: Bedrock announces UHY LLP, a leading national CPA firm, will move into 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.
  • 1250 GRISWOLD STREET: Bedrock acquires 1250 Griswold Street. The 8,700 square foot building is located between Grand River Avenue and State Street in Capitol Park.
  • DETROIT INSTITUTE OF MUSIC EDUCATION: The Detroit Institute of Music Education (D.I.M.E.) opens, welcoming its inaugural class of full-time students. The state-of-the-art music academy is located in Bedrock’s historic Bamlet Building at 1265 Griswold in Capitol Park. The building was completely renovated to house the college, classroom and performance space. Students can take career-driven courses focused on the live entertainment industry and earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma.

August 2014

  • WXYZ-TV STUDIO: WXYZ-TV Channel 7 announces plans to start construction on a new, street-side glass studio in the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Avenue. The studio marks a return to the city for WXYZ-TV, which began broadcasting on Woodward 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, located in ‘The Z’ at 1222 Library Street, features fresh, gourmet salads. Dime Store is a new American brunch bar in the lobby of Chrysler House at 719 Griswold, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Crane’s on Broadway is a casual breakfast and lunch cafe in the lobby of the M@dison Building, 1555 Broadway.
  • NEIGHBORHOODS WEEK: 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 and the two-block neighborhood surrounding it.
  • QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE: 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 recreational area 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 complemented by a sand volleyball court for several weeks.

July 2014

  • M-1 RAIL: Construction begins on the M-1 RAIL project, a 3.3 mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit. M-1 RAIL is an unprecedented public-private partnership and model for regional collaboration. It is the first major transit project being led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations in partnership with state and local governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Investors include Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert and other Detroit business leaders, corporations, and organizations. Construction is slated for completion in 2016.
  • LIVE DOWNTOWN GAMES: 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 various athletic events and games in the heart of downtown Detroit. The competition recognizes the five-year, $4 million Live Downtown Program created to incentivize team members to live in downtown Detroit.
  • DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS: Quicken Loans and the Rock Ventures Family of Companies pledge $5 million toward the “grand bargain” – the DIA’s commitment to raise $100 million to help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection.
  • GENIUS: Dan Gilbert leads a $40 million investment (through Detroit Venture Partners) in the website which decodes and annotates rap lyrics. The site was expanded to include sports, history, math, politics, religion, TV/movies, games and other channels. Genius co-founder, Ilan Zechory, caught Gilbert’s attention during a visit to downtown Detroit and the ingenious investment idea was born.
  • GLOBE BUILDING: Bedrock acquires the Globe Building at 407 E. Fort Street on the northeast corner of Brush and E. Fort, a six-story building with approximately 59,000 square feet of space.
  • USS DETROIT: The Navy League of the United States announces Detroit has been selected as the commissioning site for the Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS DETROIT (LCS 7). The ship is being built in Marinette, WI, and will be formally commissioned on the Detroit River in spring 2016. Quicken Loans President Jay Farner is the honorary chairman of the USS Detroit commissioning committee. Quicken Loans will lead the weeklong christening ceremonies in 2016.
  • WRIGHT & COMPANY: Wright & Company, a chic, urban restaurant specializing in contemporary American small plates and craft cocktails, opens for business on the second floor of the Wright Kay Building at 1500 Woodward Avenue.
  • NOJO KICKS: Nojo Kicks, a unique, high-end sneaker and apparel shop opens in ‘The Z’ retail space at 1220 Library Street.

June 2014

  • GAS STATION TV (GSTV): Rockbridge Growth Equity, Rock Ventures’ private equity firm, acquires Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s #1 video network at the pump, delivering information and entertainment  to more than 50 million monthly viewers nationwide.
  • DETROIT MEDIA PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: Bedrock acquires the 404,000 square foot Detroit Media Partnership building at 615 West Lafayette Boulevard. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press will move to the Bedrock owned Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort Street this fall.
  • RISE OF THE REST TOUR: Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution, kicks off his “Rise of the Rest” tour in Detroit, highlighting four Midwest cities as top locations for startup companies and entrepreneurship. The day includes a startup pitch competition in which, a Detroit Venture Partners company, received a $100,000 investment from Steve Case. More details are available at
  • MIKE’S KABOB GRILLE, WRIGHT & COMPANY AND FRESHII: Bedrock announces the recruitment of three new restaurants to Detroit’s Central Business District. Mike’s Kabob Grille will serve Mediterranean food at Chrysler House, 719 Griswold; Freshii will offer nutritious food choices for people on the go at 1001 Woodward; and Wright & Company will serve contemporary small plates and craft cocktails at 1500 Woodward.

May 2014

  • DETROIT BLIGHT REMOVAL TASK FORCE: The Detroit 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
  • SUMMER INTERNS: 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 TECHNOLOGY CENTER: 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 at 1401 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit’s vibrant Corktown district. The new facility will feature two 10,000-square-foot server rooms, training centers, and meeting space available for use by Quicken Loans’ technology team members.
  • CITIZEN YOGA, 7 GREENS AND NOJO KICKS: 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 parking structure.
  • MICROSOFT VENTURES: Microsoft Ventures lease space in the M@dison Building while partnering with the M@dison Block to offer the neighborhood’s entrepreneurs tools and resources to be successful and build world-class companies.

April 2014

  • THREE PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: Bedrock acquires three new properties in the Capitol Park area including 35,000-square-foot 119 State Street, 11,500-square-foot 45 W. Grand River and a 7,100-square-foot lot at 28 W. Grand River Avenue.
  • PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL: Bedrock announces national entertainment attraction Punch Bowl Social will be 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, craft beer and handmade cocktails along with old-school games like bowling, Ping Pong, marbles, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, pool and more.

March 2014

  • DETROIT INSTITUTE OF MUSIC EDUCATION: Bedrock announces Detroit Institute of Music Education (D.I.M.E.) will locate a school in the historic Bamlet Building at 1265 Griswold this fall. Founded by three British music veterans, D.I.M.E is a high-end music academy. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma in creative music performance, or sign up to take classes. Learn more at:
  • PROJECT LIGHTHOUSE: 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. These locations have pledged to provide safety assistance to citizens and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

January 2014

  • THE Z: Bedrock’s first ground-up development in downtown Detroit known as ‘The Z’ opens to the public. The 10-story parking structure zigzags from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to Library and Gratiot and features colorful murals by international artists on every level as well as state-of-the-art parking technology.


December 2013

  • 1400 WOODWARD: Bedrock acquires 1400 Woodward Avenue, just north of the former Hudson’s department store site. The eight-story building, built in 1915, adds 60,000 square feet to the company’s portfolio.
  • MOTOR CITY MAPPING: Rock Ventures partners 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, known as Motor City Mapping, will document every one of Detroit’s nearly 400,000 parcels to determine the extent of blighted property citywide.

November 2013

  • SHoP ARCHITECTS: Rock Ventures selects SHoP Architects as the 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 Detroit’s urban core.
  • HOLIDAY D-LIGHT: Made in Detroit returns for a 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 glows with LED lights and window displays by Somerset Collection retailers.

October 2013

  • PUBLIC WI-FI: ‘Opportunity Detroit’ public Wi-Fi launches in Campus Martius in the lobbies of the First National Building, 1001 Woodward and Chase Tower, 611 Woodward. The effort is sponsored by Bedrock Real Estate Services.
  • BoostUP: The start-up BoostUp launches in Detroit’s M@dison building (1555 Broadway) after relocating from Chicago. BoostUp, the 22nd portfolio company with Detroit Venture Partners, is a social savings platform that helps consumers save for life’s big purchases.
  • TWO PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: Bedrock adds 47,000-square-foot 1505 Woodward and 37,100-square-foot 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.
  • THE Z MURALS: Bedrock 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. The Z will feature murals by 27 artists from around the world, including a local Detroit artist.

September 2013

  • THE M@DISON BLOCK: 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.
  • BLIGHT REMOVAL TASK FORCE: Dan Gilbert is named as a co-chair of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force by the Obama Administration.
  • BIZDOM: Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the fall 2013 term.
  • dPOP!: Is the start-to-finish solution for your workspace, devoted to improving office facilities with creative, and purposeful design, space planning, furniture selection and more!
  • RAPIDADVANCE: 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.
  • FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS: 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

  • EMERGENCY VEHICLES: The first 15 police cruisers and 10 EMS units, paid for with a pledge from the business community (including Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans), are delivered to the Detroit Police Department.
  • GRAND CIRCUS: 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.
  • ARISE! 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

  • SOMERSET CITYLOFT AND THE DETROIT SHOPPE: The Somerset Collection’s CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe pop-up retail stores reopen in downtown Detroit. CityLoft features nearly 40 brands from the Somerset Collection’s luxury retail partners.
  • LIVE DOWNTOWN GAMES: 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

  • 1238 RANDOLPH: Bedrock acquires 1238 Randolph Street, the former Serman’s building in the historic Greektown neighborhood. The 37,700-square-foot building was constructed in 1905 and is located at the gateway to the Greektown entertainment and casino district.
  • HUDSON’S SITE COMPETITION: 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

  • SUMMER INTERNS: The Rock Ventures Family of Companies hire 1,200 paid summer interns to spend the summer living, working and playing in Detroit.
  • BIZDOM: Three new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the summer 2013 term.
  • ROSSETTI: The international architectural planning and design firm Rossetti announces it will move its headquarters to Bedrock’s historic Federal Reserve Building, located at 160 W. Fort Street.

April 2013

  • GREEKTOWN CASINO-HOTEL: Rock Gaming affiliate, Athens Acquisition LLC, acquires majority interest in downtown Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel with a vision to enhance and grow the existing entertainment district.
  • 620 AND 630 WOODWARD: Bedrock acquires the historic, four-story 620 Woodward and the four-story 630 Woodward building, adding 48,000 square feet to its real estate portfolio. Both buildings are located on the northbound side of Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit’s thriving Central Business District.

March 2013

  • 1001 WOODWARD: Bedrock acquires the 23-story 1001 Woodward office tower, located in the heart of Detroit’s emerging tech district. The building dates back to 1965. It was built for the First Federal Savings and Loan of Detroit and features 287,000 square feet of prime office space.
  • PLACEMAKING: Rock Ventures, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) announce an extraordinary placemaking plan for Detroit’s urban core.
  • VINTON BUILDING: Bedrock acquires the historic 12-story Albert Kahn-designed Vinton Building, 600 Woodward Avenue. Built in 1917, the 58,000 square foot building was added to the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1982 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
  • WOODWARD CORRIDOR: Bedrock signs master lease agreements with the Schostak Brothers and Farbman Group to manage more than 60,000 square feet of first floor retail space along the Woodward Corridor in downtown Detroit. The properties include 12 storefronts along the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Woodward Avenue.
  • MOOSEJAW: Michigan-based outdoor outfitter, Moosejaw announces it will sign a multi-year lease for its retail space located at 1275 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.
  • EMERGENCY VEHICLES: Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans joins 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.
  • UBER: 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

  • ROASTING PLANT: Roasting Plant, a unique and innovative coffee shop, opens in the Bedrock-owned First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue. The Detroit location is Roasting Plant’s first shop outside of New York City.
  • BIZDOM: Two new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the winter 2013 term.
  • CAMPUS COMMANDOS: Campus Commandos, a college marketing agency that ignites brand enthusiasm on college campuses, launches its business in the historic First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue. Campus Commandos is one of the first Bizdom companies to begin making equity investments back to the Bizdom fund that initially seeded the company.


December 2012

  • ONE WOODWARD: Bedrock announces the purchase of One Woodward, a 26-story, 361,000 square foot skyscraper located in Detroit’s Central Business District. The building, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, was a precursor to the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • METRO-WEST APPRAISAL: 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 at 719 Griswold in March 2013.
  • FIVE PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: Bedrock adds five buildings to its real estate portfolio: 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), 53,700 square feet, 1217 Woodward, 29,000 square feet, 1412 Woodward with 6,000 square feet, 1301 Broadway (Cary Building Lofts), 15,600 square feet, and 1521 Broadway (Small Plates Building).

November 2012

  • ‘THE Z’ GROUNDBREAKING: Bedrock Real Estate Services breaks ground on its first development, a specialty retail and parking structure that will add 1,300 new parking spaces to downtown Detroit. The development, known as ‘The Z,’ 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.
  • BIZDOM: Three new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the fall 2012 term.

October 2012

  • ROCK CONNECTIONS: 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 (611 Woodward) in downtown Detroit’s growing tech hub.
  • OPPORTUNITY DETROIT: 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: 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 (660 Woodward Avenue).
  • BIZDOM: Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the summer 2012 term.

June 2012

  • IT IN THE D: 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.

April 2012

  • NATIONAL RECRUITING CAMPAIGN: The Rock Ventures 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.
  • CHRYSLER: Chrysler announces it will lease the top two floors of Bedrock’s Dime Building and rename the building, located at 719 Griswold Street, ‘Chrysler House’.
  • BIZDOM: Four new companies enter Bizdom’s accelerator program in Detroit for the spring 2012 term.

March 2012

  • UPTO: UpTo, a new social platform focused on the future tense and allowing users to easily share calendar events, launches from the M@dison building (1555 Brodway) as a Detroit Venture Partners portfolio company.

February 2012

  • 500 INTERNS HIRED: To encourage Detroit’s “brain gain,” the Rock Ventures Family of Companies hires 500 paid interns in the city of Detroit.

January 2012

  • TWO PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: Bedrock adds two more buildings to its real estate portfolio – the 148,000 square foot historic Federal Reserve Building and 9,800 square foot 1550 Woodward Avenue, a one-story building to be utilized for retail or commercial use.


December 2011

  • THREE PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: Bedrock acquires three additional properties in downtown Detroit – the 20,000 square foot historic Wright-Kay building (1500 Woodward), the 34,000 square foot former Lane Bryant Building (1520 Woodward) and the 36,3000 square foot Arts League of Michigan Building (1528 Woodward).

November 2011

  • DETROIT LABS: Detroit Labs, a mobile app start-up, launches in Detroit’s growing tech corridor in the M@dison Building.

October 2011

  • MOVE TO CHASE TOWER: An additional 2,000 Quicken Loans team members move into Chase Tower at 611 Woodward. The building was completely renovated.

September 2011

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

August 2011

  • FIRST NATIONAL BUILDING: Bedrock purchases the First National Building, a 25-story, 1.2 million square foot limestone high-rise built in 1922, located at 660 Woodward. Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in the neoclassical architectural style with an unusual “Z” configuration to maximize natural light, it occupies an entire block along Cadillac Square overlooking Campus Martius Park.
  • DIME BUILDING: Bedrock acquires the 350,599 square foot Dime Building, designed in the neoclassical style by Daniel Burnham. Built in 1912, the Dime Building is located at 719 Griswold, along with the Financial District Garage, an adjacent 983-space parking structure.
  • M@DISON PARKING LOT: Bedrock purchases the M@dison Parking Lot on Broadway, adjacent to the M@dison Building (1555 Broadway).

July 2011

  • LIVE DOWNTOWN PROGRAM: 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.
  • SOMERSET COLLECTION CITYLOFT: 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, bringing retail back to downtown Detroit.

June 2011

  • 200 INTERNS HIRED: 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: 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

  • CHASE TOWER: Bedrock acquires Chase Tower, a 524,600 square foot, 14-story high rise office building at 661 Woodward Avenue, occupying a full city block at the foot of Campus Martius Park located in Detroit’s downtown Central Business District.
  • TWO DETROIT CENTER: Bedrock buys Two Detroit Center, a 1,100-space parking garage located in the Central Business District.

January 2011

  • M@DISON BUILDING: Bedrock purchases Detroit’s historic M@dison Theatre Building at 1555 Broadway Street and begins transforming it into a collaborative tech hub to encourage partnership among local entrepreneurs.


November 2010

  • DETROIT VENTURE PARTNERS: 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

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

July 2009

  • QUICKEN LOANS ANNOUNCES RELOCATION: Quicken Loans announces it will relocate its national headquarters to the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit in 2010.

January 2009

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

January 2007

  • BIZDOM: 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 list of the more than 130 companies located in (or created in) the following Bedrock properties in downtown Detroit.

Madison Building (Madison Block)

✓ 1555 Broadway St. ✓ 55,000 square feet

  • 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
  • Crane’s on Broadway: A casual breakfast and lunch café in the M@dison lobby
  • 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, was released in 2014
  • Facility Matrix Group (FMG): The area’s pre-eminent provider of office furniture
  • 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
  • Quikly: Short-term deals exclusively for college students

Chase Tower “The Qube”

✓ 611 Woodward Avenue ✓ 524,600 square feet

  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • WXYZ-Channel 7: Street side satellite glass studio for weekday, noon newscasts

First National Building

✓ 660 Woodward Avenue ✓ 1.2 million square feet

  • Dixon Masonry: A union construction contractor with more than 90 team members providing the community with commercial masonry and restoration services since 1999
  • 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: The 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 outcome
  • Wedit: A fun, easy and affordable way to capture, edit and share wedding memories through the use of HD Flip cameras
  • Central Kitchen + Bar: A modern American gastropub featuring an upscale, classic bar menu
  • Colburn Colburn Insurance and Risk Services: A provider of insurance and risk management services
  • Duckett Management: A New York-based residential real estate development company renovating a historic 22,000 square foot apartment building in Midtown
  • Goss LLC: Full-service commercial insurance agency specializing in nearly all lines of commercial insurance and risk management

Chrysler House

✓ 719 Griswold Street ✓ Former Dime Building ✓ 349,000 square feet

  • 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
  • BodyPartChart: Over-sized graphics that can be used to explain illnesses and procedures and bring new life to dull medical offices and classrooms
  • 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
  • Bon Bon Bon: Artisan chocolatier Bon Bon Bon opens for business at Chrysler House (719 Griswold). The retail store, offering dozens of uniquely flavored two-bite bonbons, and also takes special orders for parties and other occasions.
  • 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 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
  • dPOP!: An office 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
  • Mike’s Kabob Grille: A mediterranean restaurant
  • Amber Engine: Creators of a cloud-based platform transforming the home furnishings and décor industry. The company’s goal is to empower manufacturers with the tools they need to efficiently manage their product data and communicate with channel partners.
  • 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
  • Fathead: Fathead wall decals are the ultimate way to bring your favorite athletes, entertainers and characters home
  • DROUGHT: A healthy juice shop selling organic, cold-pressed raw fruit and vegetable juices in a variety of flavors, seven days a week.
  • UHY LLP: A leading national CPA firm

One Campus Martius (Compuware Building)

✓ 1050 Woodward Avenue ✓ 1,088,000 square feet ✓ Rock Ventures’ businesses lease four floors (244,000 square feet with plans to expand to an additional floor and add 60,000 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
  • 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
  • Rock Processing: Provides credit card, debit card, and automated clearing house services including real-time transaction reporting and $100,000 in data breach protection
  • Detroit Water Ice Factory: A new frozen dessert shop where 100% of the profits will go toward Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit family of charities
  • Campless:, a website that provides data to sneaker collectors 
  • Benzinga: A fast-growing financial news and data startup offering customized data and content solutions to investors worldwide

One Woodward

✓ One Woodward Avenue ✓ 361,000 square feet D

  • Dr. Robert DiPilla: Award-winning full-service dentist offering a variety of services with sweeping 16th floor views of the Detroit River and city skyline
  • Siegfried Group: On a mission to make accounting more fun and productive, Siegfried Group helps clients strategically extend and enhance their internal workforce by providing accounting resource services
  • Fifth Third Bank: Detroit’s 6th largest bank with 92 locations and more than 150 ATMs across eastern Michigan
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • 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
  • Jack Morton: Brand experience agency
  • Fraser Trebilcock: A full service law firm
  • Detroit Regional Chamber: One of the oldest, largest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the country
  • PMA Consultants: An international construction consulting firm
  • Wilson Young PLC: A full service law firm
  • Kitch Attorneys and Counselors: A full service law firm

One Detroit Center

✓ 500 Woodward Avenue ✓ 1,000,000 square feet

  • Ally Financial: The nation’s leading automotive financial services company
  • Townhouse: Contemporary new American bistro featuring a seafood pantry, whiskey lounge and American-style dim sum carts

1001 Woodward

✓ 287,000 square feet

  • Ultimate Parking Management: Manages some of the city’s largest and most centrally located parking garages including the Compuware Garage and The Z. More than 60 team members service more than 13,000 parking spaces in downtown Detroit
  • Michigan Office Solutions: A wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Co. and a provider of leading-edge office technology and 3D solutions for businesses
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender
  • Securitas: A national security company offering guarding services, mobile patrols, and more to a variety of businesses
  • Friedman Real Estate: A full-service real estate and brokerage company
  • 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 ✓ 148,400 square feet

  • 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

Globe Building

✓ 407 E. Fort Street 148,400 square feet

  • Detroit Orthodontic Specialists: An Invisalign-only orthodontic practice utilizing state-of-the-art technology and clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth in a chic, urban setting.
  • GSI: Security, network and system integration specialists. GSI designs, installs, and maintains leading-edge security systems around the world.

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)

  • 1241 Woodward, 3,700 square feet
  • 1249 Woodward, 13,000 square feet
  • 1253 Woodward, 3,500 square feet
  • 1261 Woodward, 10,100 square feet
  • 1275 Woodward, 1,800 square feet
  • 1425 Woodward, 2,400 square feet
  • 1433 Woodward, 3,100 square feet
  • House of Pure Vin: House of Pure Vin specializes in Michigan-made wines and champagnes. The shop is a signature retail destination and consumer attraction for wine lovers and future connoisseurs.
  • 1441 Woodward, 4,000 square feet
  • 1447 Woodward, 5,500 square feet
  • Kit and Ace: One of the hottest, fastest growing new clothing brands in the world. The Canadian company designs and develops luxury apparel for women and men.
  • 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

1528 Woodward (Madison Block)

✓ Former Arts League Building ✓ 36,300 square feet

  • 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
  • A website that brings the word-of-mouth referral process online
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zipcar: The first Michigan office for the world’s largest car-sharing program providing an alternative to traditional car rental
  • Wait Time: 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
  • 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 ✓ 20,000 square feet

  • John Varvatos: World renowned American menswear designer born in Detroit
  • 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 restaurant/bar specializing in American small plates and craft cocktails

1505 Woodward

✓ 48,000 square feet

  • Rocket Fiber: A game-changing, advanced fiber-optic network providing high-speed Internet service for residents, local government and businesses in downtown Detroit

1520 Woodward

✓ 39,000 square feet

  • Detroit Labs: A leader in the development of Android, iOS and web-based applications

1550 Woodward

✓ 9,800 square feet

Kresge Building

✓ 1201 Woodward ✓ 53,700 square feet

  • Gas Station TV: America’s No. 1 video network at the pump with more than 52 million monthly viewers. GSTV has 3,000 gas stations in 45 states.

1217 Woodward

✓ 28,900 square feet

1412 Woodward

✓ 6,000 square feet

1301 Broadway

✓ 15,600 square feet

  • Great Lakes Contract: A manufacturing company providing office furniture and architectural products such as glass boards, white boards and flexible modular work spaces
  • JFM Consulting: Detroit-based planning, evaluation and research consulting firm

Small Plates Building

✓ 1521 Broadway St. ✓ 9,300 square feet

Vinton Building

✓ 600 Woodward Avenue ✓ 58,000 square feet

Greektown Casino – Hotel

✓ 555 East Lafayette St. ✓ 1 million square feet ✓ 400 hotel rooms ✓ Amenities include: PRISM, The Market District, Asteria, The Fringe, Bistro 555 and a VIP players lounge

1238 Randolph

✓ 37,700 square feet

620 Woodward

✓ 16,000 square feet

630 Woodward

✓ 24,000 square feet

1000 Farmer/815 Bates

✓ 37,300 square feet

1250 Griswold

✓ 8,700 square feet

1265 Griswold

✓ 37,100 square feet

  • D.I.M.E.: Detroit Institute of Music Education, a high-end music academy where students can earn a bachelor’s degree or diploma in creative music performance 

1400 Woodward

✓ 60,000 square feet

1215 Griswold

✓ 23,300 square feet

1401 Rosa Parks

✓ 66,000 square feet facility ✓ Quicken Loans Data Center

119 State Street

✓ 35,000 square feet

45 West Grand River

✓ 11,500 square feet

615 West Lafayette

✓ Detroit Media Partnership Building ✓ 404,000 square feet

‘The Z’ Retail – 1234 Library Street

✓ 35,000 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

1274 Library Street

✓ 36,000 square feet of retail space

Clark Lofts

✓ 35 West Grand River Avenue ✓ 36,000 square feet

David Stott Building

✓ 1150 Griswold Street ✓ 36,000 square feet

Book Tower

✓ 1265 Washington Boulevard ✓ 248,000 square feet

Book Building

✓ 1249 Washington Boulevard ✓ 239,000 square feet

Community Center

✓ 1201 Washington Boulevard ✓ 30,000 square feet

Parking Garages and Surface Lots