Target building at former Northland Center demolished to make room for redevelopment

In support of the ongoing effort to repurpose and redevelop the former Northland Center property in Southfield, the former Target building was demolished beginning October 26. The Southfield City Council unanimously voted to award the contract for the demolition at the October 23 city council meeting.

More information about the demolition was detailed in this Detroit News article.

A short ceremony was held in front of the Target site on October 26 that included brief remarks from Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver, Council President Myron Frasier and City Administrator Fred Zorn.

The city of Southfield purchased the closed Northland Center mall at Eight Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway, located in the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District, from the court-ordered receiver in October of 2015 for $2.4 million with plans to remediate, demolish and sell the property to a qualified developer.  The former Northland Center site was also recently included as potential location for the new Amazon HQ2 as part of the regional proposal submitted by the city of Detroit and other partners.

The environmental assessment, asbestos abatement and remediation of the former Target and Firestone buildings has been completed. The complete demolition of the Target building was expected to be completed by mid-November 2017, and will be followed soon thereafter by the demolition of the Firestone building. As the environmental assessment and remediation of the remainder of the mall and other buildings continues, further demolition is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.

Learn more about the demolition event by visiting the City of Southfield website.

Exclusive listing agent named for the former Northland Mall site

Friedman Integrated Real Estate Solutions, one of the nation’s leading providers of commercial real estate services, has been retained as the exclusive listing agent for Southfield’s 125-acre Northland Redevelopment Site within the Southfield DDA. This is a 125-acre redevelopment site.

The current master plan developed offers a mix of housing options, R&D, medical office, local retail, entertainment and dining.

Read more about Friedman’s role as the listing agent and other updates related to the master plan.

https://www.friedmanrealestate.com/news/friedman-retained-as-exclusive-listing-agent-for-southfields-125-acre-northland-redevelopment-site/

Get around Southfield with the help of new Transit Maps

The updated Downtown Southfield Transit Guide is now available to help those who work, live and play in Southfield to get where they need to go. You can download the guide by clicking here.

We also have included the Route Kit that provides additional mapping and details as well. You can download that by clicking here.

Note that there are now three Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and two SMART routes that serve a new set of bus stops on Northland Drive, at or near the former site of the Northland Mall. Another route extends to 9 Mile but bypasses the Northland area. Changes in some of the SMART routes are also reflected on these maps and guides.

If you have any questions please contact DDOT at 313-933-1300 or SMART at 866-962-5515.

Providence Hospital in Southfield Undergoing $15 Million Renovation

In yet another example of continued investment within the Southfield DDA, Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Southfield announced a $15 million renovation at its Southfield campus. The project is expected to begin in Fall 2017 and will cover a wide range of improvements that will benefit patients, visitors, employees and physicians.

The first areas covered by the renovation will include critical care units, medical/surgical units and the hospital’s birthing center according to The Daily Tribune. Read more here.

PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE: Proposed Service Changes for Northland Effective September 2017

DDOT & SMART are proposing major service changes in September affecting bus service around the Northland Mall area DDOT & SMART want you to attend any one of four (4) public hearings:


Tuesday, July 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Oakland Community College
22322 Rutland Dr.
Southfield, MI 48075
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Rosa Parks Transit Center
1310 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Providence Hospital
16001 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075
Thursday, July 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers, Rd.
Detroit MI 48235

Requests for interpretive, special accommodations, and others with special needs, must be made 48 hours in advance of the public hearing meeting dates. Please call 7-1-1 for the hearing impaired.

Copies of the September Proposed Service Changes can be obtained at the Public Hearings or by contacting DDOT Customer Service at (313) 933-1300 or SMART Customer Service at (866) 962-5515. Comments and questions can be submitted to DDOT_9mile@detroitmi.gov. Service change information can be found at www.smartbus.org/Northland.

Northland Public Hearings flyer July 2017

Northland Drive Reconstruction Offers Easy Access for Motorists

Northland Drive was reconstructed in 2016 in concrete from northbound Northwestern Highway to Greenfield Road at a cost of $1.84 million, paid by Southfield Street Improvement Bond.

The road was changed from a 4-lane boulevard to a 3-lane road. The project was completed in November and now includes a new storm drainage system, new sanitary sewer crossing and a new 10-foot wide asphalt path on the north side. Following a 7-month road closure, Northland Drive now offers a smooth ride and easy access for motorists.

Proposed SMART Bus Northland Routing Workshops Open to Public

As the City of Southfield and Southfield DDA continue to review options for the former Northland Mall property, we are also reviewing proposed new or adjusted bus routes for DDOT/SMART buses around that area of the city.

There will be several meetings open to the public in June where we are asking local residents, business owners and others who live, work and play in Southfield to come share their ideas. We are in the process of working with DDOT/SMART to plan the new bus routing around the Northland Mall area and we want to ensure we uncover the best routing and connection options for as many riders as possible.

The meetings will be held at:

  • June 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at Providence Hospital in Southfield;
  • June 27 @ 10 a.m. at Rosa Parks Transit Center in Detroit;
  • June 27 @ 6:30 p.m. at Oakland Community College in Southfield; and
  • June 29 @ 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Activities Center in Detroit.

More information is available on this flyer.

RSVPs are not required but you can email questions to DDOT_9mile@detrotimi.gov. We welcome your ideas and interest!