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Wayne State University planning second phase of South University Village
May 14, 2013
A request for proposals is currently open through the end of the month for development plans for a mixed-use project on Canfield between Cass and Woodward. The RFP was issued by Wayne State University, which owns the land and is considering this site as phase two of its South University Village District (phase one was the Studio One apartments development with ground-floor retail, named "Development of the Year" for 2008 by Crain's Detroit Business). "We want to add density and vibrancy to the neighborhood," says Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University. "Cass and Canfield is the epicenter of the residential community blooming in Midtown." With all of the retail stores, galleries and restaurants recently opened and scheduled to open in the immediate vicinity, Staebler says that this area is the right scale for walkability. "The next logical step is to add more to it." While an open RFP seems like a non-traditional approach to such a potentially major development, Staebler believes it encourages more creativity. "We have done the RFP process in the past. For something like this where it's going to be very visible and it's purely for university use we think we'll get a better result if we open it up and let a lot of visions come forward from the private sector."