Storied Temple Hotel demolished in Cass Corridor for DTE

By Steve Neavling
By Steve Neavling

The Temple Hotel, which earned a reputation as a hardscrabble hub for drugs and prostitution in a seedy section of the Cass Corridor, was demolished Monday to make way for a DTE substation.

The hotel was appraised at $81,400, but the energy provider reportedly purchased the building for more than $3 million because it is in the shadow of Mike Ilitch’s entertainment empire that will include a new Detroit Red Wings arena. The substation is being built to provide power to the development and Midtown.

The demolition is a sign of what’s to come. The Cass Corridor, which is considered the missing link between Midtown and downtown, is getting rehabbed one building at a time.

Related: Five apartment renovations underway in the Cass Corridor. 

The Cass Corridor is home to many low-income residents who have come to depend on the safety net around them – hospitals, soup kitchens, mental health services, low-income housing.

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Investors and developers, however, are hoping to cash in on the entertainment district by buying up property, including low-income apartment buildings.
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A mysterious investor evicted hundreds of residents from three federally subsidized apartment buildings last year, but backed out after many tenants already left.

The entertainment district leaves the Cass Corridor especially vulnerable to gentrification. Restaurants and boutiques are expected to open, and apartment buildings could be converted into condos.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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