Dan Gilbert’s investments in Detroit could serve as a catalyst for even more development (Detroit News)

December 24, 2012 – Sometimes it just takes the vision of a few people to turn a place around. And we are grateful for the efforts of Dan Gilbert to revive a city that’s a shadow of its former self. Last week, the Quicken Loans Inc. chairman and founder announced his purchase of five additional building in downtown Detroit. Gilbert envisions turning empty and crumbling buildings into vibrant spaces — all while preserving a piece of Detroit’s past. In the past two years, Gilbert’s development company, Rock Ventures, has invested in 15 buildings downtown. This year alone Gilbert has acquired eight properties. If that’s not enough, he’s also leading the charge on a new parking garage and retail opportunities.

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