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Plans moving forward for new building at former site of Hudson's store in downtown Detroit

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DETROIT — Plans call for constructing a uniquely designed building in downtown Detroit that will attract worldwide attention on the site where the flagship J.L. Hudson Co. department store once stood.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/18lgvhT ) the general architectural vision is being refined by an architecture firm hired by businessman Dan Gilbert in late 2013 to work on the site. Preliminary plans were shown at a lecture last month.

PHOTO: Posts stick up in the former Hudson's location in downtown Detroit on Wednesday March 4, 2015. Plans call for constructing a uniquely designed building in downtown Detroit that will attract worldwide attention on the site where the flagship J.L. Hudson Co. department store once stood. The Detroit Free Press reports the general architectural vision is being refined by an architecture firm hired by businessman Dan Gilbert in late 2013 to work on the site. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)  DETROIT NEWS OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT DETROIT FREE PRESS
Posts stick up in the former Hudson's location in downtown Detroit on Wednesday March 4, 2015. Plans call for constructing a uniquely designed building in downtown Detroit that will attract worldwide attention on the site where the flagship J.L. Hudson Co. department store once stood. The Detroit Free Press reports the general architectural vision is being refined by an architecture firm hired by businessman Dan Gilbert in late 2013 to work on the site. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza) DETROIT NEWS OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT DETROIT FREE PRESS

Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, says images reflect some concepts they like but not a final design. The ideas include a glass-and-ceramic design with a facade that could open in the summer. It would include retail, residential and other uses.

The Hudson's store closed in 1983 and was demolished in 1998. The site currently houses an underground parking garage.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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