“We are breathing new life into Detroit’s Midtown and helping it grow.”

Roderick Hardamon

A member at Skyline Club, Southfield, Mich., since 2009

Who he is: As founder and chairman of URGE Development Group, the real-estate exec has partnered with New York-based Mario Procida to develop Midtown West as part of Detroit’s ongoing renaissance.

What it is: The $77 million, 7-acre mixed-use expanse, expected to break ground in 2019, will bring the community more than 300 residential units — 20 percent of which will be affordable housing — as well as a 1-acre public park and 8,000 square feet of retail space. 

Filling a void: Being built on the former site of a recreation center, the development is “activating space that hasn’t been optimized in years. Our goal is to bring a new, vibrant, and energetic aesthetic to the city,” he says.

Listening to the people: “When working on a development like this, it’s important to get the community engaged. Having folks aware and brought in to what we’re doing can only be a positive for the city.”

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