Hudson's Site Development

For decades, Detroit’s J.L. Hudson’s department store occupied an entire city block and stood as the tallest retail building in the world. Although the building no longer stands, its legacy remains. In its place, Bedrock has broken ground on a transformational mixed-use development that will create a new Detroit icon for the 21st century.

Hudson's Legacy

“Hudson, J. L. Company; Building; Woodward Avenue. Exterior & Interior views.” 27 April 1961 via Detroit News

Hudson’s (also known as the “Big Store” and “J.L. Hudson's”) broke ground in 1891. As the store’s physical footprint grew over the decades, so did its place in the collective experiences and memories of Detroiters. Ultimately, the store would undergo 12 expansions, reaching a height of 25 stories and covering an entire city block. For generations, Hudson’s was the premier retailer in Detroit and one of the most important department stores in the country. The massive flagship store anchored the bustling Woodward Avenue corridor and was a destination location for domestic and international shopping enthusiasts.

Despite its history and outsized presence in Detroit, Hudson’s closed its doors in 1983, and was imploded in 1998, leaving a large vacant space in the heart of this great American city. The original building may be gone, but what remains are the memories and significance the store contributed to Detroit.

Development Plan

Bedrock’s redevelopment of the Hudson’s site will restore the grandeur to Woodward Avenue’s 1200 block. Plans include 1.5 million square feet of office, retail, food and beverage, hotel, residential, event and meeting and activated open spaces. At 680 feet tall, it will provide unique city views at every level. A market will anchor the ground-floor retail space, and a plaza will create a new central gathering place for Detroit. Progressively designed office spaces, dramatic event venues, state-of-the-art residences and a gleaming hotel will be joined together in an unbeatable location.

Shop - 26,000 GSF

Woodward-facing retail will reinforce the pattern of sought-after, globally-recognized brands along Detroit's premier shopping corridor, while the market on the plaza introduces a diversity of vendors to the vibrant arts and culture district of Library Square.

Live - 100-150 Units

Perched atop of this iconic tower, the upper floors will be home to 100-150 condo and apartment units. Each unit providing unparalleled views of the city, and a lifestyle second to none.

Stay - 200-225 Rooms

As the first new construction 5-star luxury hotel in Detroit since the construction of the Renaissance Center. This hotel will bring between 200-225 brand new rooms to the heart of Downtown Detroit.

Discover - 24,650 GSF

The Hudson's Plaza will anchor the arrival experience of the project and promote additional retail and market frontage throughout the block. The area will feature public art, activations and year-round programming.

Work - 404,000 GSF

The sizable floor plan of each office floor allows for adapting to office trends. Lined floor-to-ceiling with windows, each floor allows an abundance of natural light and offers exceptional views of the city as well as the spacious central courtyard.

Meet - 126,000 GSF

A dramatic event hall, ample pre-function space, and world-class meeting center will support a range of social and corporate events, drawing visitors from around the world.

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