Wayne State University is currently undergoing several construction projects. Most of these new projects have the students in mind with several housing improvements coming outside of the Anthony Wayne Apartments. In addition, with the spring/summer semester almost here, it is essential to know your way around Midtown traffic. Here is a sneak preview of the latest in road work, building constructions, demolitions, and remodeling.
Anthony Wayne Drive:
The current construction project taking place on Anthony Wayne Drive and Warren is happening due to a multitude of reasons. It is not a Wayne State managed project, but a City of Detroit one. The city is currently undertaking multiple roadwork projects all over the city, but this one pertains to be related to DTE utility work.
Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Management Harry Wyatt says, “A good bit of the Wayne State campus is being converted from electrical power from PLD (Public Lighting Detroit) to DTE. Most of the work you see going on today is DTE utility work. DTE will be accomplishing this conversion over the next three years. DTE is funding all the conversion work, but Wayne State is doing $6M of related work to improve electrical infrastructure inside some of our buildings.”
Warren Ave (From McDonald St. to St. Aubin St.)
There will also be another safety project on Warren from McDonald St. to St. Aubin St. to add bike lanes, as well as improving traffic signs to a box span. Here is the official schedule of traffic updates as reported by traffic engineer Ahmad Fawaz:
- Geometric modifications to add exclusive right turn lane for the southbound approach which was completed last fall.
- Convert the traffic signal from diagonal span wire to mast arm. The infrastructure works for the new signal were completed. Pending works are connecting the signal to DTE network and removing the old signal.
- Adding protected bike lanes at the south side of Warren Ave which is expected to be completed after the ongoing DTE utility works along Warren Ave are finished.
The projected completion date for the safety project is June 15.
Anthony Wayne Apartments:
The Anthony Wayne Apartments are on schedule. In the upcoming fall semester, a large portion (approximately 400 beds) will be open for residents in the 11-story center building. However, the rest of the apartment complex will be opening in fall 2019. There will be ground floor retail options opening on the ground floor alongside the Campus Health Center.
Helen DeRoy Apartments:
Prepare your goodbyes because the Helen DeRoy Apartments is expected to be demolished following the completion of the Anthony Wayne Apartments. Following its removal, the goal is to expand the Keast Commons and have the Campus Health Center relocated to the newer Anthony Wayne Apartments. This abundance of space will have student input for its newer design and amenities by a future-developed committee.
The Gateway Performance Complex:
The upcoming $65 million project will be completed in several phases. The Mackenzie House will be moved to Second Avenue and Forest Street in fall 2018. The proscenium stage theatre will have approximately 400 seats. In addition to this, the costume, prop, lighting, and set construction shops will be provided in this new theatre facility.
Mr. Wyatt says, “When the new construction is completed and the new theatre opened; renovation of the existing Hilberry Theatre Building will begin to provide a Jazz Center performance venue. When all this work is done, the exiting Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue and the existing theatre support building on Hancock will be decommissioned. The theatre facilities will be consolidated from four distant facilities into two adjacent buildings.”
The Housing Partner Corvius will be renovating the historic housing unit to provide a suite style for student housing accommodations. Over 360 beds will be available in the final product. The exterior façade renovations are planned to occur during this summer, with the interior renovations taking place in 2019. The building will remain during this process and is expected be finished by the summer of 2020.