A 257,000 square foot building on a 2.4-acre site. Located at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Cass between the Michigan and Times Square stations of the People Mover. Completed in 2009 at a cost of $22.5 million, the facility and has 15 bays for 21 Detroit Department of Transportation buses, a taxi stand, and connections to the SMART system and People Mover. The Megabus leaves from the taxi stand at 360 Michigan Ave.

A police mini-station is planned for the center. See also: DDOT Police.

The DDOT Director is Lovevett Williams.

Crime and closures

Security layoffs by the Detroit General Services Department reduced the center's hours from 12:30 to 10pm on December 31 closed the facility on January 2nd 2009.

In January and February 2010, the Center has been plagued by unscheduled closures due to security staff layoffs (6 of the 16 guards were laid off). The Free Press reports a spike in crime, including drug dealing, robberies, and public cat washing.

Architecture and Construction

Designed by Tushar Advani of the international infrastructure firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, which has an office on Griswold.

In November 2007, the cost of the construction was $18.3 Million, and the building had 12 bus bays. source

DeMaria Building Company was the general contractor.

AT&T had an undocumented underground duct system at the site, which slowed construction.

The tensile canopy cost $5.5 million, which was installed by USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc. of Costa Mesa, California. A local plant assembled the structure off-site.


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