Dan Gilbert's Bedrock buys iconic Buhl Building in downtown Detroit – Detroit Free Press


Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert plans to interrupt floor quickly on the tallest constructing in Detroit. However historical past means that plans for 'tallest towers' might herald the approaching of a recession. JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press


Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert has added yet one more downtown Detroit property to his assortment: the Buhl Building.

Bedrock, Gilbert's actual property agency, introduced Monday that it has bought the ornate 27-story workplace tower at 535 Griswold St., in addition to an adjoining 652-space parking storage. The sale worth was not disclosed.

The Buhl Building dates to 1925 and was designed in Romanesque and neo-Gothic types by architect Wirt Rowland. It has 57 tenants, together with workplaces for SMART bus service and the Michigan Legal professional Grievance Fee. Domino's Pizza has a carryout location on the bottom ground.


Gilbert's Bedrock is the most important personal property proprietor in downtown Detroit, with greater than 90 properties below its management. The corporate has accomplished or is enterprise important renovation work in most of the older buildings that it purchases.

“As Bedrock all the time does for our iconic constructing acquisitions, our technique for the Buhl Building balances the significance of respecting its historical past and structure with guaranteeing a easy transition for all the current tenants," Bedrock CEO Jim Ketai mentioned in a press release. "We additionally stay up for enhancing frequent areas, know-how and implementing fashionable constructing infrastructure in the constructing and storage."

The Buhl Building had been owned by a restricted legal responsibility firm. It final modified arms in 1998 for $34.5 million, in line with metropolis data.

Crain's Detroit reported final 12 months Vancouver actual property investor sought to purchase and renovate the Buhl Building and the parking storage, however that $75-million proposed deal fell via. 

Contact JC Reindl: 313-222-6631 or jcreindl@freepress.com. Observe him on Twitter @JCReindl.

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