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27 Apr
Help Save the American Beauty
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APRIL 27, 2012 -- Let's go ahead and start this one off with a quote from Crain's Detroit Business.

 

"The former Dalgleish Cadillac building on Cass Avenue in Midtown will be the focal point of the largest construction project in the history of Wayne State University: a $93 million, 200,000-square-foot biomed research center.

 

The first phase of the project is expected to begin this summer with demolition of the old American Beauty Iron Building at Burroughs and Woodward avenues. The site will become a parking lot for the research building."


Without a doubt a great reason to applaud as Wayne State continues growing New Center and Midtown neighborhoods. But it's never that simple, is it?

 

Of course, the trouble starts when Crain's points out that the "old American Beauty Iron Building at Burroughs and Woodward avenues ... will become a parking lot for the research building." No one likes to see a growing, vibrant neighborhood riddled with parking lots like pimples riddle a teenager's face.

 

So, as Curbed Detroit points, folks have put together a petition urging Wayne State and Midtown Detroit Inc. to ditch the idea of demolishing the Albert Kahn-designed building. We wholeheartedly agree. Won't you sign on the dotted line with us? [PD]