Quicken Loans Moving 1700 Employees to Detroit, Light Rail Coming #Detroit

This is potentially good news for Detroit's tax base, tech and financial districts, and the city economy in general. All they need to do now is build that M-1 light rail up Woodward (CNN), move the Palace of Auburn Hills downtown (Detroit Pistons) and Detroit could start attracting corporations, jobs and people back to the city on the cheap. What do you think? Detroit's downtown actually looks good, can it not build out from the core? Below is the Quicken Loans press release, a Detroit link fest and view of Campus Martius Park/ Kennedy Square.

Quicken Loans to Move Headquarters, 1,700 Employees to Downtown Detroit by Mid-2010

Move establishes large Quicken Loans presence downtown two years earlier than original plan

LIVONIA, MICH. - JULY 13, 2009

Quicken Loans today announced plans to move its headquarters and approximately 1,700 of its team members to leased space in downtown Detroit’s Compuware Building by mid-2010. The move is subject to state and city approvals.

In November 2007, Quicken Loans announced it would relocate its headquarters to a newly constructed building in downtown Detroit, with options to develop several sites. Under the timeline for that plan, construction of a new headquarters building would have been completed by 2012. But the nationwide economic downturn has made it virtually impossible to obtain financing for the construction of new office buildings.

The decision to lease space enables the company to establish a strong presence in the city while continuing to pursue plans to develop a new downtown headquarters when commercial construction financing becomes more available across the country.

“We pledge to fulfill our commitment to the city. This is an interim step that allows us to begin transforming Detroit into a high-tech hub of business and ingenuity,” said company founder and chairman Dan Gilbert. “Our goal is to develop a downtown headquarters once construction financing becomes available for large-scale building projects the likes of which we plan to undertake.”

“Our move to the Compuware Building will get our folks working in the city even quicker than if we waited out the construction process as originally planned,” said Matt Cullen, president and COO of Rock Ventures, who is spearheading Quicken Loans’ move downtown. “The 1,700 people we are bringing downtown will have an immediate and profound impact on the city’s economy, in terms of income tax, retail spending and housing.”

“The move of Quicken Loan’s headquarters to Detroit is highly anticipated,” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “While their presence will be a scaled down version of the original plan, it remains a good and beneficial decision for all involved. We welcome Quicken Loans and their staff to Detroit.”

“This agreement extends an already great partnership between two of Michigan’s most innovative companies,” said Compuware Chairman and CEO Peter Karmanos, Jr. “Bringing Quicken Loans and Compuware together at One Campus Martius will make our workplace even more dynamic and collaborative. It’s great for both companies and for our employees.”

“Quicken Loans remains dedicated to being part of the ongoing transformation of the city,” said Gilbert. “As we’ve studied our site options for a new headquarters, we have continued to infuse energy into other business and infrastructure initiatives to enhance the city.”

Gilbert founded the Detroit-based Bizdom U, an entrepreneurial boot camp, in 2007, and is the co-chairman of M-1 Rail, a light rail system on Woodward Avenue that will connect Detroit’s largest cultural, entertainment, educational, medical and employment centers."

Press release source: Quickenloans.com."

More analysis and Detroit News:

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One Reverse Mortgage to Move to Detroit - PR Newswire

Quicken bringing more sister companies to Detroit - Crain's Detroit

Light rail coming to Detroit along Woodward; will stretch from Jefferson Avenue to 8 Mile - WXYZ 7 (why not further north to Royal Oak, Birmingham, Pontiac?)

Quicken move inspires hope in Detroit - Detroit News

Blue Cross to move 3,000 employees to Detroit? - Crain's Detroit

Detroit City Council moves forward with purchase of old MGM Casino for new police headquarters - WDIV 4

Downtown Detroit (Campus Martius Park/John F. Kennedy Square)

See Detroit is not all Pompei ruins!

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