Explore the Z Garage

DOWNTOWN DETROIT – Let’s face it. A trip to a parking garage isn’t on the list of must-visit places in one’s lifetime. But, hear us out.

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Nadir Ali, who runs the Instagram account @3andathird, captures an aerial shot in a recent post:

Not exactly your standard Helvetica font, but the shape does explain why you can forget where you parked. The structure zigzags from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Library and Gratiot.

However, the real draw (pun intended) of the structure is the art featured on every level of the garage.

Upon visiting, chances are you’ll spot a music video production or fashion shoot in front of one of the murals. According to Library Street Collective, an art gallery in Detroit that collaborated with billionaire Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures on the project, walls feature the work of 27 mural artists from across the globe.

Head up to the top deck and get a bird’s eye view of the city. The scene looking out onto Woodward is unobstructed from any buildings… at least for now. Gilbert’s commercial real estate firm, Bedrock, is planning a mixed-use development on the old Hudson’s site. The project includes 1 million square feet of retail, office, residentials and public space. An observation deck is planned for the 800-foot residential tower, which would be Detroit’s tallest building.

Current view onto Woodward.

Rendering of the new Hudson’s site plan.

The groundbreaking for the new development takes place this month. The $900-million project is reported to be completed in 2022. So before that happens, snap your photos of the ever-changing Detroit landscape from the 10th floor of the parking structure. 

Show us some of your Z Lot photos on Instagram. Tag us at @existdetroit or use the hashtag #existdetroit.

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