Detroit Design 139

Detroit Riverfront

East Riverfront

A Framework For The Future Of Detroit's International Riverfront

The East Riverfront is ready and positioned to become a free and open waterfront for all.

Project Details

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  • Location: Downtown & Riverfront
  • Project Size: 3.5 SQ MI
  • Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Client: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy & City of Detroit
  • Skidmore
  • Owings & Merrill
  • Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
  • McIntosh Poris
  • Groundswell Design Group
  • Giffels - Webster

A Welcoming Community to Live, Work and Play

The East Riverfront presents an opportunity to foster the next generation of high-quality Detroit neighborhoods with housing opportunities for every income level and stage of life. Linked by a completed international riverfront and a transformed Jefferson Avenue, a diverse collection of convenient, safe, and walkable neighborhoods can quickly take root in a restored natural landscape and park system. While new development is essential for the East Riverfront, the preservation of its historic assets, local character, and existing community, are equally important in ensuring a successful and inclusive future. Respecting the inherent values of its heritage helps to target public investment and to catalyze responsible, private development that advances a comprehensive vision worthy of this one-of-a-kind waterfront.