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det-7.liv_rendering_final.0 (2) The redevelopment, called 7. Liv, will replace the historic B. Siegel department store with new retailers and multifamily units.

DETROIT—This city’s CBD has undergone a stunning transformation in the past few years. Its streets now throb with activity around the clock, filled with office workers during the day, and new residents and sports fans during the evenings. But that revival has now begun to spread to the city’s outlying neighborhoods.

Bagley Forest Properties, LLC plans to renovate the former B. Siegel department store located at the intersection of Livernois Ave. and 7 Mile Rd. on the city’s north side near Palmer Woods. The now-vacant store, and its location along the “Avenue of Fashion,” was a shopping destination for generations of Detroiters. And even though such department stores, small by today’s standards, have gone out of style, the neighborhood has seen a resurgence of interest from renters who prefer city addresses. And retailers seem willing to follow.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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