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

Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.

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 this 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, parking, and activated open spaces. At 685’ feet tall, the tower will provide unique city views at every level. An indoor-outdoor space for activations will anchor the ground-floor retail. A new plaza between the two buildings will cut through the center of the development, creating a central destination for Detroit. Progressively designed office spaces, dramatic event venues, state-of-the-art residences and a gleaming hotel will be joined together at an unbeatable location.

Shop/Dine - 32,000 GSF

Woodward-facing retail will enhance the allure and excitement of the pedestrian experience along the historic Woodward Avenue shopping corridor. In addition to the ground floor shopping and dining experiences, there will also be a publicly accessible rooftop terrace that will be home to one of only a handful of rooftop food and beverage options in Detroit.

Live - 100-120 Units

Perched atop of this iconic tower, the upper floors will be home to 100-120 residences. Each unit providing unparalleled views of the city, and a lifestyle second to none.

Stay - 227 Rooms

As the first newly constructed 5-star luxury hotel in Detroit since the construction of the Renaissance Center, this hotel will bring 227 brand new rooms to the heart of downtown Detroit.

Discover - 21,000 GSF

An activated plaza will anchor the arrival experience of the project and promote additional retail and activation frontage throughout the block. The area will feature public art and year-round programming.

Work - 408,000 GSF

The sizable floor plan of each office floor allows for easily adaptable spaces for evolving 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 atrium.

Meet - 127,000 GSF

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

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