DETROIT (AP) – Nearly a year and a half after the Fisher and Albert Kahn buildings in Detroit were sold in a $12.2 million deal, owners of the properties said they plan to invest up to an estimated $100 million to revive the architectural gems.
The buildings’ owners are in conversations with a national home furnishing store to become the anchor tenant in the Albert Khan building. The unidentified retailer could take up to 30,000 square feet of the space.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
Additionally, the spaces’ third to 11th floors will be converted into more than 160 apartments.
The Fisher Building will host the Fisher Beacon Project, an ongoing series of exhibitions, performances and lectures with programming designed to connect the building to the surrounding neighborhoods. Infrastructure updates and maintenance to the exterior and interior of the building are already underway.READ MORE: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
“We want to be part of the discussion of the future of Detroit and using design in the service of equitable development,” said Peter Cummings, the real-estate developer who’s one of the principals behind The Platform, the company in charge of the Fisher’s restoration and programming.
Other ideas for the Fisher Beacon Project include more art exhibitions, musical performances, design symposiums or other events that might also make use of the theater.
The Fisher Building arcade offers a special setting to spotlight the role of art and design. The opening exhibit, “Maker City” will include photographs of local “makers,” which include artists, community organizers and more.MORE NEWS: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
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