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"the Z" Parking and Retail Development

Neumann/Smith Architecture

Project Name

"the Z" Parking and Retail Development


1234 Library Street


Project Status


Year Completed



535,000 sq. feet


Bedrock Real Estate Services


  • Construction Manager: Sachse Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineer: G2 Consulting
  • Civil Engineer: Giffels-Webster Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Rich and Associates
  • : Strategic Energy Solutions
  • Electrical Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions
  • Construction Manager: Colasanti Construction Services

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Project Description

The Z isn’t just a place to park. Bedrock teamed up with Library Street Collective and 27 world-renowned street, mural and graffiti artists to create a unique destination where you would least expect it in Detroit. From its three-dimensional facade with LED lighting to its walls showcasing breathtaking murals, the Z will be a place to visit time and time again.

The 10-story Z-shaped structure is precast concrete with a bold geometric “picture frame” design. Iconic glass-enclosed stair towers and glass-backed elevator towers at the corners provide wayfinding and safety for users. The deck also features LED lighting inside and out, ticketless/cashless parking and QR code validation, digital signage that can be customized for specific events, charging stations for electric cars, and badge access for monthly parkers. The ground level offers 33,000 sf of retail and restaurant space.

The deck spans a public alley with crossovers above level 3 to allow users to enter and exit onto two major arteries (Grand River and Gratiot Avenues) into and out of the City. The alley will have enhancements that support the existing neighboring galleries and restaurants and future tenants.
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