GM to Move Headquarters From RenCen to Hudson’s Site Building

The deal was formally announced at a press conference this afternoon.
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General Motors is relocating its Detroit headquarters to Bedrock’s Hudson’s Site building from the Renaissance Center, GM CEO Mary Barra and Bedrock chairman Dan Gilbert formally announced at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. today.

The RenCen has been GM’s world headquarters since it purchased the complex in 1996. This relocation has been many years in the making, with Gilbert informing Mayor Mike Duggan of his plan to pitch the idea to GM six years ago, and is expected to take place sometime in 2025.

During the press conference, GM confirmed they are bringing in Bedrock to assist with redevelopment plans for the RenCen, the historic skyscraper complex which includes the tallest building in Michigan.

“I know that with GM and Bedrock, and the county and the city working together, we are going to find the right solution for the long term use of the Renaissance Center. Nobody knows more about reusing buildings than Dan Gilbert,” Mayor Duggan said. “I’m not sure what the right combination of uses is, but we have the right leaders.”

GM hopes the iconic building will be used to house commercial, residential, and mixed-use space.

The news comes just four days after Detroit developer Bedrock announced crews laid the final beam of the Hudson’s Detroit skyscraper, which has been under construction since 2017 and was initially planned to exceed the height of the RenCen (at 727 feet and 49 stories, it’s the second tallest).

Bedrock says construction at the Hudson’s site will continue in increments and the whole project, which consists of the skyscraper and an 11- or 12-story office building will be complete next year. GM will be co-tenants with a five-star hotel, apartments, restaurants, retailers, and more.

The RenCen’s first tower opened in 1976 and was commissioned by Henry Ford II and a group of civic leaders in Detroit.

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