Crain’s Detroit is reporting that Dan Gilbert’s real estate firm, Bedrock LLC, may not yet be decided on the height of the under-construction skyscraper at the site of the former Hudson’s department store. Previously announced at 800 feet, the Hudson’s site tower would still be the tallest building in Michigan, beating the Renaissance Center by almost 75 feet. But Joe Guziewicz, Bedrock’s vice president of construction, has stated the building will be taller than the originally planned height, and it may even reach over 900 feet.
Guziewicz said the elevator cores of the building can currently support a building up to 912 feet. The maximum would be tall enough to be the 34th tallest building in the country if completed today. In reality, construction will take four or five years, and foundation preparation has already started.
The original plan for the building, released in February 2017, revealed a 734-foot-tall tower priced at $775 million. In September of that year, the tower grew to 800 feet and $909 million. It’s not clear how much the cost of the Hudson’s site skyscraper will rise if another 100 feet are added, but it would almost certainly be a billion dollar project.
According to Crain’s, Guziewicz said the Bedrock team has been debating the details for almost a year. “We may end up at 900. This has been an ongoing struggle for us for the last eight months. We get one shot and we want to be sure we have the right components inside.”
As previously reported by Think313, the 800-foot tower was set to contain 330-450 residential units and a skydeck with the best view of the city and surrounding areas. A market and office space was supposed to anchor the smaller, adjoining building, with over 700 underground parking spaces.