According to the Detroit Free Press, the 1.4-million-square-foot former General Motors headquarters, which was designed by architect Albert Kahn, and now known as Cadillac Place, is looking for new retail tenants. When GM moved out, the state of Michigan took over the building. New entrances are being planned for the space in an attempt to activate the streetscape. "This is an amazing building that we want to share with others and get a good retail presence, not only for our employees upstairs but the entire New Center area," said Michael Turnquist, senior deputy director of the state's Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

A revitalized retail scene at Cadillac Place would join multiple other renovations and new construction in the area. Within a couple of blocks, the private development firm known as The Platform is building the massive midrise project known as The Boulevard, a 207,000-square-foot structure featuring 231 residential units, 17,500 square feet of retail and 330 parking spaces. It should be open sometime next year.

Across the street from Cadillac Place, the famed Fisher Building itself, also owned by The Platform, is undergoing updating and renovations. At the corner of Woodard and Grand, the nonprofit group Midtown Detroit Inc. recently renovated an historic three-story building that is home to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The terminus and offices of the Qline transit line are nearby.

And those are just a few of the many projects taking place in New Center as the development pressure from downtown and Midtown moves north.

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