DTE Energy has requested proposals for redevelopment of their 75 acre Conners Creek power plant site on Detroit’s east side, west of the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. The site currently contains industrial structures but a majority of the land is vacant. Dave Meador, DTE’s vice chairman and chief administrative officer, said they’re hearing “that there’s a lot of interest, but you don’t know until you put it out.”
Developments have been rolling along the east riverfront in the last couple of years, most notably in Rivertown-Warehouse District and West Village. Although the DTE site is still a bit removed from the new construction, it’s valuable riverfront property in a time of explosive growth in the city.
The Detroit Free Press reported that “DTE is hoping for a mix of residential, retail, civic and other uses. Given the size of the parcel, the company will consider proposals for developing smaller pieces of the property.” The one thing they seem to be shying away from is more industrial and manufacturing and the power plant itself may be demolished or incorporated into the redevelopment. RCLCO, DTE’s real estate consultant, will send out invitations for development proposals in June and plans to make a final decision by the end of 2018.
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group