Hudsons Topping Off Event
Hudson’s Site rises 681 feet in downtown Detroit. Image courtesy of Bedrock

Bedrock has topped out The Tower of the Hudson’s Site mixed-use development in Detroit.

Rising 681 feet, or 48 stories as reported by D Business, The Tower is the tallest construction in the metro over the past 50 years and will be the second-tallest building in Michigan. Completion is expected next year.

Upon delivery, Hudson’s Site will total 1.5 million square feet across the tower and an adjacent 11-story structure, connected through a walkable plaza and a 700-space underground parking garage.

The property is slated to include 400,000 square feet of office space, 31,000 square feet of retail and a 5-star hotel, as well as residential units. A 127,000-square-foot event hall and meeting center, together with an outdoor plaza and indoor gallery totaling 20,000 square feet, will also be in the mix.

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Developers broke ground on the $1.4 billion project in 2017 and topped out the mid-rise building, housing the office component and the event hall, in 2022. Baton Malow serves as general contractor; SHoP Architects, along with Hamilton Anderson, provided architectural services.

The 550,000-square-foot mid-rise is slated to include floor-to-ceiling windows, a central atrium, a fitness center, a spa and rooftop lounges. Developers also intend to obtain LEED Silver certification.

Located on 2.3 acres at 1200 Woodward Ave., Hudson’s Site is taking shape in the heart of downtown Detroit., on the former site of J.L. Hudson’s, once the tallest department store in the world.

Detroit’s office market struggles

As of February, Detroit had one of the lowest office construction pipelines in the U.S., with 524,000 square feet under construction, accounting for just 0.4 percent of existing stock, according to a recent CommercialEdge report. Economically, the metro’s office market faces significant headwinds, as it registered the highest vacancy rate nationwide at 31.3 percent, representing a more than 10 percent year-over-year increase.

One of the largest projects currently underway in Detroit is Newlab and Ford Motor Co.’s $950 million innovation hub. The mixed-use development is slated to span 1.2 million square feet. Last year the partners completed one of the property’s four buildings; it spans 270,000 square feet and includes an exhibition space, a robotics and prototyping facility, studio spaces, classrooms and conference rooms.

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