"The building was 100% leased well in advance of occupancy. This reflects the premium quality of the building and its superb walkable location in Royal Oak." Etkin principal Douglas Etkin, discussing Etkin's 74,000 square foot luxury office building, set to open downtown in 2018.
Royal Oak Civic Center
A public-private partnership between the City of Royal Oak and the Central Park Development Group, the Royal Oak Civic Center consists of five projects within and surrounding the current city hall site:
Construction of the medical center began in May 2018, and the building is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021. The 581 space 11 Mile parking structure is now open, and Royal Oak’s new city hall has been completed and is open to the public by appointment. The new police station opened in February 2021, and construction at Centennial Commons park is set to begin in April 2021 after the old city hall and police station buildings are demolished.
Baker College, Royal Oak
Baker College, Michigan’s largest, private not-for-profit college and the top private transfer school in the state, has announced its new, state-of-the-art metro Detroit campus is coming to downtown Royal Oak. The announcement was made by Baker College President, Dr. Bart Daig.
The planned 86,000-square-foot, seven-story Baker College Royal Oak campus will be located at 420 S. Lafayette Ave., at the intersection of S. Lafayette and 5th Avenue. The new location – which will be designed to accommodate approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students – will incorporate flexible and connected classrooms, laboratories and interactive, collaborative study and gathering spaces for students, faculty and employees. The site also will include on-site parking.
The $51 million project recently broke-ground, with students scheduled to arrive on-campus for the start of the 2022 academic year.
Now open, the former Northwood Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road has brought a variety of new tenants to this $33 million development, including Wahlburgers, AKT Fitness, Brown Iron Brewery, New Order Coffee, Panera Bread, First Watch Daytime Cafe, X Golf, Bucharest Grill, and Woodward Corner Market by Meijer, among others.
Singh Development is nearing completion of its $65 million, 245 luxury apartment and retail development located at the gateway to downtown Royal Oak. The 250,000 square-foot building will also include a cafe, business center, courtyard pool and fitness center, among other amenities.
In 2015, Royal Oak successfully completed its crowdfunding initiative to transform the worn-out Center Street pedestrian plaza into a state-of-the-art ‘smart park’ that will incorporate many elements, including Wi-Fi, charging stations, solar panels, touch-screen kiosks, and sustainable landscaping. The project, which utilized the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Public Spaces Community Places program, is now open.
At A Glance
(updated January 2019)
Projects Under Construction:
185,000+ sf Office - 135,000+ sf Retail - 580,000+ sf Residential (450+ units)
190,000+ sf Office - 40,000+ sf Retail - 443,000+ sf Residential (350+ units)