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Downtown project will bring observation deck to Detroit

February 17, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — A building that will rise at the site of the old Hudson’s store in downtown Detroit will have a modern observation deck.

The Detroit News reports that the deck will be atop the 800-foot tower of the $1 billion development by Bedrock Detroit. The group is working with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson and New York-based SHoP Architects.

The team is looking for inspiration from the Willis Tower in Chicago, New York’s One World Trade Center and Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.

“Observation decks are common in major American cities, and during the design process for Hudson’s, it came up that Detroit doesn’t currently have a high vantage point downtown that the public can enjoy,” said Jamie Witherspoon, director of architecture at Bedrock.

“Since the Hudson’s site is so iconic, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to add this point of interest,” he said.

Witherspoon said there’s been no decision yet on key features, such as telescopes, a glass floor or access to the outdoors. The entire project won’t be completed until after 2020.

“We haven’t ironed out all the details yet,” he said. “It will be the tallest building in Michigan, so we hope it gives an active view and is a dynamic place that everyone can enjoy.”

The two-building project will include a 58-story residential tower and a 12-floor building for retail and conference space. Up to 450 residential units can be built in the tower.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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