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by on March 23, 2018
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CrainsDetroit.com . Annalise Frank

The city of #Warren will seek a developer to build a new, #walkable downtown around its city hall and a raised bridge to draw in foot traffic from the nearby GM Technical Center.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts called his city the largest in Michigan without a downtown during his State of the City address Thursday at Andiamo Italia on 14 Mile Road.

The city will issue a nationwide request for proposals April 9 with the aim of finding a developer or team to undertake its new proposal, which is likely to cost $125 million or more, Fouts told Crain's on Thursday.

These aren't the city's first plans for new development across Van Dyke Avenue from General Motors Co.'s tech center. Previous attempts to create a bustling city center at Warren's Civic Campus east of Van Dyke and just north of 12 Mile Road have fallen through, according to city planning documents.

The city's Warren Town Center proposal entails building a 175- to 200-room, 7- to 10-story luxury hotel, according to city documents outlining the initiative. The plan also includes an upscale grocery store, 400-500 residential units, a walkable main street with retail and — the key element — an enclosed bridge that passes over Van Dyke Avenue, connecting the downtown hotel with GM's tech center.

The city worked on the project with #Birmingham based Gibbs Planning Group Inc., which also assisted Troy with its master city development plan.

The mayor also talked about a nearby green-space development in his 11th State of the City address on Thursday. He said that pending City Council approval, Warren would purchase the 5.5-acre former Ridgewood School site north of 12 Mile Road along Racine Road to turn it into a green space with trees and walking paths. Nearby residents had criticized previous plans for construction of new homes on the property, The Macomb Daily reported.

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