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Bedrock Expands its Footprint Along Detroit Riverfront with Acquisition of 300 River Place

May 14, 2021

Bedrock Expands its Footprint Along Detroit Riverfront with Acquisition of 300 River Place

  • Purchase allows Detroit’s largest real estate developer to contribute to growth and development already underway along the Detroit Riverfront
  • Bedrock intends to fill all vacant space at 300 River Place while maintaining all current tenants, including the Belle Isle Conservancy and Associated Press

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May 14, 2021 [DETROIT] — Bedrock, Detroit’s largest real estate company, today announced that it has acquired 300 River Place from The Stroh Companies, Inc. The River Place Portfolio acquisition adds 500,000 square feet of office space, 735 parking spaces and approximately 4.4 acres of developable land to Bedrock’s growing footprint.

“The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and other major stakeholders have done an incredible job of providing an abundance of activity and growth along the riverfront,” said Kofi Bonner, CEO of Bedrock. “We are excited to formally join the Riverfront community and expand on their efforts to make Detroit’s Riverwalk one of the city’s most memorable places for families to gather, friends to play and people to work.”

The River Place Portfolio acquisition includes:

  • 300 River Place Drive: a 500,000 square foot, Class A office building
  • Western portion of the River Place Parking Garage: totaling rights to 735 parking spaces
  • 2743 Wight & 2748 Franklin: totaling approximately one acre of undeveloped land
  • 2615-2655 Atwater: totaling approximately 3.4 acres of undeveloped land

“The Stroh family has been an integral part of Detroit’s business community since 1850,” said John Stroh III, Chairman and CEO of The Stroh Companies.  “Our family is proud of the presence we have created along the east river front these past 40 years. I am delighted that Bedrock has decided to acquire Stroh River Place and continue the legacy we built.  It would be safe to say that no other investor in Detroit is better equipped with the critical mass and vision to carry 300 River Place into the future.  I want to thank the entire Bedrock team that worked diligently on this transaction and Anne Galbraith Kohn of CBRE who represented us in this transaction.”

Leasing opportunities at 300 River Place will continue throughout the year, while continuing to house a number of office tenants who maintain lease agreements within the structure, including the Associated Press, Belle Isle Conservancy, Michigan Minority Contractors and a number of departments within the Federal General Services Administration.

“This acquisition puts us in a position to provide a unique offering relative to our existing portfolio, and provides tenants interested in the City of Detroit with direct access to a district where we see a lot of potential,” said Sam Hamburger, VP of Acquisitions at Bedrock. “We always have our eyes on the market, looking for opportunities to expand our portfolio in meaningful ways.  This acquisition leverages years of hard work by the Stroh Family, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and other stakeholders, and includes multiple assets that we will utilize to further our mission, focused on Detroit’s riverfront.”

Building History:

Built in phases in 1928 and 1939 by Parke-Davis & Company, once the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, 300 River Place was one of the later additions to the manufacturing and research facilities they had occupied along the Detroit River since 1873.  The entire site, including 300 River Place, was acquired by The Stroh Brewery Company in 1979 and over the next ten years, renovated into a mixed-use campus that combined its historic architecture with modern amenities—including a state-of-the-art technical infrastructure designed to meet all the requirements for fiber optics, heavy power, video conferencing, and other cutting-edge technologies.

The building boasts two light-filled six-story glass atriums, exposed brick walls, traditional and loft style floor plans with dramatic views of the nearby river and is located just under three quarters of a mile from the Central Business District. The property is connected to other businesses, restaurants and stores via the Detroit Riverwalk, a 3.5 mile walking, biking and jogging route that stretches from both the East and West of 300 River Place.

At one point consisting of just cement silos and abandoned industry buildings, the Riverwalk now features parks, restaurants, retail and housing. While it officially opened in June of 2007, work on the Riverwalk, spearheaded by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, continues each year with the creation of new portions of the walkway, programming and partnerships.

Plans and programming for the additional land parcels are still underway, but its location next to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, Atwater Beach and close proximity to Canada and its international border provide substantial opportunities for activation and future development.

Financial figures were not disclosed.

About The Stroh Companies

Detroit has been home to the Stroh family since the founding of The Stroh Brewery Company in 1850. Over the years, Stroh acquired its across-the-street neighbor Goebel Brewing Company in 1963 before going on to acquire New York-based F&M. Schaefer Company in 1981 and the Milwaukee based Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company in 1982.  The family increased their commitment to Detroit in 1979 by purchasing the former Parke Davis & Company plant, situated along the Detroit River between Joseph Campau and McDougall.  The 14-acre complex was renamed Stroh River Place and converted into office and retail space, multifamily residential units, a hotel and parking.  After the brewing business was sold in 1999, the family continued to operate 300 River Place, their former headquarters, as a multitenant office building.  The Stroh family was also active in the development of the RiverWalk, and its former chairman, Peter W. Stroh, is memorialized with a bust in the middle of Milliken State Park.

About Bedrock

Bedrock, Detroit’s largest real estate company, is a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, developing, leasing, financing and managing commercial and residential buildings. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including some of the most significant new developments that Detroit and Cleveland have seen in decades. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 18 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.

The majority of Bedrock’s hundreds of office, retail and restaurant tenants in Detroit’s technology-centric downtown are new to the market. Notable office tenants include Coyote Logistics, Microsoft, Quicken Loans, LinkedIn, StockX, Universal McCann, NPower and Ally Bank’s national headquarters. Notable retail tenants include H&M, The Lip Bar, 6 Salon, Nike, Shake Shack, Buddy’s Pizza, Eatori and countless others.

Bedrock is currently developing a number of landmark projects across downtown Detroit, including the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration and City Modern. Creating unique experiences through real estate is Bedrock’s mission and to make this a reality, Bedrock and its affiliates continuously invest in significant placemaking and public art initiatives throughout the city.

In 2020, Bedrock became one of the only landlords in the country to launch several initiatives designed to support small business and retail tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, which continue today with heated outdoor dining experiences, free parking and a drive-in movie theater.

Partnering with Detroit-based Shinola, Bedrock developed the world’s first Shinola Hotel on Woodward Avenue, which opened in early 2019.

For more information on Bedrock’s projects, visit bedrockdetroit.com or engage with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

Click here to view a complete timeline of Bedrock and the Rock Family of Companies’ engagement within the Detroit community.