Detroit is definetly on the road to revival. There are always the stumbles that the city must endure, but they do not stop the momentum. The many condo projects happening around the city, mostly in Midtown and Downtown, and the new retail across the city, things are looking brighter. But Detroit needs Quicken to reach the tipping point.
With 4,000 employees moving down, I would prefer the Statler site be developed. The Hudson Block is limited to a certain height, i believe around 20 stories, while the Statler site is much smaller and aids more for a skyscraper to make an impact on the city skyline. A highrise would also be in sightline from almost anywhere in the city from the Statler site. Also, if enough companies come with Quicken, the Hudsons Block can be a mixed-use project including the many companies in offices, a hotel, a large retailer, smaller retailers(groundfloor), and even some residential. If Quicken builds on the Statler site, it would have a major impact on the northern part of downtown and give a boost of energy to the slowly reviving Grand Circus Park, Washington Boulevard, and new Park Avenue District. Building the headquarters on the Hudsons Block would have a minimal effect on the area unless done right with major retailers.
With the Tuller Site and United Artists Building included in the Statler block, the Tuller Site should also be built on. Maybe a parking garage and residential tower with the parking garage hidden to Grand Circus Park. The United Artists Building needs to be renovated. It can't be demolished. There is too much history there. Have EPrize and Fathead use the building as its headquarters. With the United Artists Theatre, it could become the new "Quicken Performing Arts Center" which could rival many midsized theatres in the city and bring back a prominent downtown theatre of the former "necklace" district. Both sites should be utilized. The Statler being the Quicken World Headquarters.
I am also excited to see what Quicken can do with the Broadway-Library Block and the Lafayette Building. The Broadway-Library Block should be a 8 story parking garage with 12 stories of residential on top. Utilize the option of air rights. The Lafayette Building should be luxury condos with ground floor retailers. A renovated Lafayette Building would give a boost to the already bustling Michigan and Shelby corner. A renovated Lafayette would also give an even nicer area to get The Griswold Condominiums back on the drawing board which recently was scrapped in December after much fanfare of a project. The immediate area around the Book Cadillac and the Lafayette is one of the major areas in the city thats needs to have a revival inorder for the downtown core to be on its way back.
I can see residential developers and retailers flooding the CBD and Midtown after Quicken and its followers come in and when a mass transit system is born. GO DETROIT 2.0! GO QUICKEN! and, GO DAN GILBERT!