Two blocks of Downtown West Dearborn on Michigan Avenue will transform from a once deteriorated and vacant area to a vibrant place for consumers, residents and employees.
As a sign of commitment to the city and residents, Ford Motor Co. has decided to redevelop unused buildings and land across two blocks on the city’s West Dearborn District into a viable and vibrant downtown with new office and retail space. Known as Wagner Place, this mixed-use development is located only two miles west of the Ford World Headquarters, and is part of Ford’s 10-year plan to redevelop its outdated properties and provide convenience for future employees who want to live in a walkable, aesthetically pleasing community close to where they work.
The project includes two new structures totaling 150,000 square feet with retail/restaurant uses on the first floor and 600 Ford employees on the upper two floors. Also, the project includes rehabilitating the historic 120 year-old facade of the Wagner Hotel to be preserved and re-purposed as the front of a new three-story mixed-use building. West Village Drive will be designed in a way to allow for festivals and open public gathering spaces. The project includes a 373-space parking deck at the southwest corner of West Village Drive and Monroe Street to support the project and the district.
A green space between the parking garage and the new buildings facing Michigan Avenue will be created for public usage and event space.