Wanted in the D: 4K Residents/15K Workers/125 Retailers by 2020

By R.J. King

Eager to capitalize on the rejuvenation of the central business district, the Downtown Detroit Partnership has set a goal of drawing 4,000 more residents, 15,000 more office workers, and 125 more retailers by 2020. Meeting the objective will require a mixture of new construction and redevelopment projects.

As it stands, downtown Detroit has 6,000 residents, 85,000 office workers, and 275 retailers. “There’s so much happening downtown with the M-1 Rail line (under construction), the expanding entertainment district, and the building renovations,” says Eric Wilson, planning and development director at the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

During a stakeholder’s meeting on Tuesday at the Compuware Building, Wilson and his colleagues offered a progress report of development activity, including new lofts, hotel projects, office renovations, entertainment additions, and upcoming restaurants.

The highlights include:

— A $3.5-million project to open Cobo Arena to the riverfront, to be called Cobo Square, is scheduled to be completed next June. That’s on top of nearly $300 million in improvements at Cobo Center, which will be completed in time for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January.

— M-1 Rail is on schedule to begin operations in late 2016, and will offer 20 stations along Woodward Avenue, stretching from Jefferson Avenue to West Grand Boulevard. The $140-million streetcar system will begin laying tracks in early September. In turn, I-75 will be closed at Woodward on Sept. 12 to remove half of the overpass in preparation for the system.  

— A $30-million renovation of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year, while Renaissance City Apartments (formerly Millender Center) will add an outdoor Sky Park, or landscaped plaza, as well as an interior Sky Club.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plans to complete a $3-million renovation of the Detroit Cornice and Slate Co. building by the end of the year. In turn, 1001 Woodward, which was recently renovated, will add a Freshies pizza and deli in the main lobby.

— DTE Energy is renovating the former Salvation Army building, located on Bagley across from its headquarters, and will convert the 32,000-square-foot structure into an office building called Navitas (energy in Latin). The utility also is working to add a pocket park on a triangular piece of property bounded by Grand River Avenue, First Street, and Plaza Drive (across Grand River from the GAR Building).

— The Albert, named after famed Detroit architect Albert Kahn, will open in October in Capitol Park (formerly Griswold Building) and offer 127 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail space.

— The David Whitney Building, which has changed its address from 1553 Woodward to 1 Park Avenue, is on pace to reopen later this year following an $82 million renovation that will include a 135-room Aloft hotel, 105 apartments, and commercial space.

— A new apartment project, to be called Statler City Apartments, will be built on the site of the former Statler Hotel at Bagley and Park and include 250 apartments, an indoor pool, ground floor retail spaces, and two levels of underground parking. The project will break ground next year and open in late 2016. Village Green in Farmington Hills is the developer. The company owns the neighboring Detroit City Apartments (formerly Washington Square).

Stationed across the country? Stevens can help

August 26, 2014

Stationed across the country? Stevens can help

If you’re enlisted in any of the U.S. military branches, moving is part of the job. You may be stationed in one state for several months, and at the drop of a hat, be relocated across the country or world. It is important not to panic and get overwhelmed by this sudden change of scenery – Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is there to help.

Stevens provides moving services for government and military personnel all over the United States. The moving company has a strong level of experience and is known as an industry leader in moving the men and women who serve the U.S.

If you have just been notified of your impending relocation, you may want to find out all of the available options you have to make the transition easy for your family and yourself. Military.com suggests that you setup a meeting with your base transportation office immediately to gather all of the necessary information to begin the moving process.

Military family centers also offer relocation assistance programs that can provide you information about your new community, so you can start planning for the future.

When it comes to relocating due to military obligations, turn to Stevens for help. The company’s relocation movers have the experience and knowledge to make your transition seamless. 


Containerized Moving

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines offers containerized moving solutions for any need – – we supply you a storage unit to keep at your current home, your new home, or if you need a long distance moving container you can have it stored in our warehouse until you are ready to have it delivered.

What is Containerized Moving?

  • The ability to move your belongings by packing them in a container.
  • The container size you choose is delivered to your home and placed on your driveway.
  • The container has metal skids that enhance ground-level loading by providing 6″ of clearance from the floor to keep your items off the ground and dry.
  • You have complete access to the container so you can pack at your convenience.
  • When your container is filled and you are ready to move, simply call and it will be picked up and delivered to the destination of your choice.

Why Containerized Moving could be a good option for you?

  • Cost-efficiently move to another city, or another state.
  • Pack and move at your own pace.
  • Store items temporarily or long-term.

Containerized units come in two sizes:

Container sizes Container Storage
  • 12′ Portable Storage Unit – Holds contents of approximately 1-2 rooms – about the same size as a 10′ x 10′ storage.
  • 16′ Portable Storage Unit – Holds the contents of approximately 3-4 rooms about the same size as a 10′ x 15′ storage room.

Container WarehousePlus, if you need to have your container stored, our Climate-Controlled Warehouses ensure to keep your contents in the same shape in which they were packed.

Our warehouses have 24/7 video surveillance, automated sprinkler systems and secure warehouse doors.


Fill out the form on this page, call Stevens at 888-860-4566, or check out our new Residential Moving Services Brochure to learn more about the full range of Stevens Worldwide moving and storage services.

Nationwide Moving Company For Over 108 Years


Are you looking for a professional moving company? Or, do you prefer a “do it yourself” move? We provide our customers with complete moving and storage services and options, including: real estate referrals, a timeline to help plan your move, as well as our new Residential Moving Services Brochure with helpful moving tips aimed at making moving easy. If you are searching for any of these moving services, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines can provide you with a free moving quote, and move you and your family with ease and trust. For more information on any of our services, call us at (800) 678-3836, or click here to get started with your free in-home quote.


Stevens Worldwide Van Lines offers you:

  • A full range of moving and storage services from Long Distance to Local Moving to Office and Industrial to Container Moving.
  • More than 100 years of experience and a reputation for quality moving by an experienced and knowledgeable moving staff.
  • Count on Stevens Worldwide Van Lines to provide you with an exact, written quote for your move… not just an estimate subject to change later.
  • “Total Customer Satisfaction™ ” is not just a pledge. It’s our goal. It’s the way we do business.

So please make use of our website. We’re confident that with all of the tools and information offered here, you can be on your way to a successful move. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, use our Live Chat feature at your convenience. We’re Stevens Worldwide Van Lines. The Way To Move©.

Take your time packing your electronics to ensure they are transported safely


August 19, 2014

Take your time packing your electronics to ensure they are transported safely

In today’s technology-based world, people have a wide array of electronics they use on a daily basis. When it comes to moving to a new home or apartment, packing those valuable belongings can be stressful. Nothing is worse than arriving at a new home to find a broken plasma TV or a crushed stereo system.

A professional moving company can help make sure valuables are delivered in one piece, no matter how far its customers are traveling. The movers will handle possessions with care, but if the items aren’t packed properly, damage may still occur.

When packing up electronics, people should first attempt to find the original packaging for each electronic device. The boxes are built to withstand shipments from manufacturers to retail outlets, so if the boxes are available to use, that is the best avenue to travel down. However, if those packaging materials have been disposed of, people may want to purchase new cardboard boxes directly from their moving company.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines provides its customers with the supplies they’ll need to pack their belongings safely and securely. When it comes to moving to a new home, it’s important to keep expensive possessions safe. Taking a little extra time to find the right packaging materials for electronic devices may make all of the difference for a successful transition to a new community or home. 

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Make special arrangements with relocation and moving services for certain items


August 17, 2014

Make special arrangements with relocation and moving services for certain items

The vast majority of the items you might hire a long distance moving and storage company to transport will pose very few problems. If you or the company properly pack up your clothes, furniture, electronics and household items, there’s no reason to believe the movers will have trouble with them or anything will be in worse condition than when it left.

However, some items might need special arrangements before they can be prepared to go. For instance, if you have a piano, the logistics of moving it obligate you to let your relocation and moving services know about it well it advance. They might be able to take it, or they might know of a reliable subcontractor that specializes in transporting upright, grand and baby grand pianos.

The same is true for plants. If you’re a devoted gardener, you might have a few shrubs or flowering bushes you want to take with you to your new home. However, driving any kind of plant hundreds or thousands of miles is going to put strain on it, so you should ask your moving company if they or their partners can help with the transition. You’ll probably want to contact a landscaping business as well to make removing it and fixing the hole it leaves behind less difficult. 


Ten tips for helping students move into their first dormitory

August 16, 2014

Ten tips for helping students move into their first dormitory

The college experience can be an influential part of a person’s life, so it’s natural that you’d want to get your son or daughter settled in right. Students discover their true interests at school, do some soul searching and form lasting friendships. While living in the dorms can be an exciting experience, the move can be torturous if not done efficiently.

Here are ten tips to help make a move more manageable.

1. Know the dimensions of their dorm room before the move. Bringing too much stuff without having a place for each item can cause clutter and claustrophobia to develop, which won’t help their study habits.

2. Make a checklist of belongings they may want to bring. Categorizing materials into subsequent lists will help individuals make sure they do not forget anything of importance.

3. Students who plan ahead for their move often have a stress-free experience. Collect free, foldable boxes and containers from local merchants and friends to help make packing a breeze. Boxes also are available from moving companies like Stevens Worldwide Van Lines.

4. Leave belongings at home if they will be of little use at school. While it may be tempting to bring an expansive book collection, if there is no room for it, leave it at home.

5. Students who are moving into a space that they must furnish themselves can save some money by purchasing those goods from discount stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Plan a visit to a local thrift store so that you can discuss the essentials together.


Robin Williams

This is a sad day for all that loved the work of Robin Williams. Robin Williams will be best known for parts in Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting, but I’ll remember him as an amazing standup comic. Williams Live on Broadway explaining how the Scottish invented golf is by far my favorite. I took a moment tonight and watched the skit on You Tube for the 100th time and laughed my — off.

Robin Williams was a true American classic, I hope he knew he was admired by millions.

Rest in peace Mr. Williams.

E. Melton

Are you – as facility or property manager – focusing on the right things?

Facilities Management and Real Estate - Innovation and Technology Trends

Are you – as facility or property manager – focusing on the right things?“Thank you for all the great work you’ve done this year. Can you do the same next year, but with ten percent less budget?”. If you recognise this question, you might ask yourself whether you are being sufficiently strategic. If you truly want to be beneficial at a strategic level, it is not about saving money, but about actually delivering added value. But what exactly does the added value consist of?

This is a question which is regularly discussed within the occupational group and to which the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is attempting to formulate an answer. Following IFMA’s 2013 World Workplace, the organisation has released the ‘Facility Management Trend Report: Emerging Opportunities for Industry Leaders’, which explains what property and facility managers should or could do to be better recognised for their…

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