Detroit’s Last Big Boy Will Become A Mixed-Used Development

By Yasmine Elamali on January 16, 2018 5:09 pm

0 CommentsConstruction, Market, News, Real Estate, Redevelopment

Detroit is saying goodbye to long standing iconic Big Boy Restaurant. Big Boy has been in the business for 50 years, and the Belle Isle location is the last one. The land was purchased (at an undisclosed amount) by Detroit-based The Platform LLC and it will be transformed into a mixed-used development.

Demolition of the Big Boy building is underway, with construction on the new development following in late 2018 and completion estimated in 2020. It will include about 240 residential units in an eight- to 10-story tower, with about 20% of them affordable units. About 11,000 SF of retail will be housed on the ground floor.

The developer hired LA-based wHY and Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates as architects. The Platform also owns the land north of the Big Boy site on East Grand Boulevard. While historical heritage has to be preserved, another plan for The Platform includes renovating a former nursing home designed by architect Louis Kamper in 1898, as well as rehabbing three historic properties.

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