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Winners of design contest for former Hudson's site in Detroit announced


Remember when they blew up the building that once held the world's second largest department store?

In 1998, with the push of a button, former Mayor Dennis Archer ceremonially blew up Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit (taking part of the People Mover with it).


The site has sat empty ever since.

The empty spot in the center of this image is where the Hudson's Department Store once sat.
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The empty spot in the center of this image is where the Hudson's department store once sat.

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert wanted ideas for the site.

He has been buying up property in downtown Detroit and believes the city is ready for redevelopment, so he held an international design competition for the Hudson's department store site.

The winners of the design competition were announced today.

You can view the winning entries here.

More from the Detroit News:

The design competition, which attracted nearly 200 entries from 23 states and 22 countries, drew 1,000 voters at an open house on Woodward Avenue over the weekend. “The Hudson’s Department Store was once the crown jewel of downtown Detroit, and these interesting designs are displaying the possibilities of what can certainly once again grace the skyline of Detroit,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Ventures. “By tapping into the talents of some of the most creative individuals from around the globe, we have the opportunity to create a signature project that captures the passion, grit and revival of our great American city.”

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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