The Z parking garage, between Library Street and Broadway, is full of murals and other artwork from 27 international artists. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
The Z is now open.
The colorful, uniquely shaped parking garage zigzags from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Library and Gratiot. It includes 1,300 parking spaces and 33,000 square feet of unoccupied first-floor retail.
Bedrock Real Estate, the property management branch of billionaire Dan Gilbert’s family of companies, announced the new garage’s features in a press release Wednesday.
The Z is full of murals and other artwork from 27 international artists, floors are color-coded and Bedrock plans to fill its first floor with 10 shops ranging from restaurants and retail to fitness.
“I don’t know if there’s anything like this in the country,” Dan Mullen, Bedrock’s vice president of development, said in an interview. “We wanted to build this in a way that was really unique and different. We wanted to have people have this experience as they’re driving through the parking deck.”
Mullen said no retail plans have been finalized, although there’s “been a lot of activity.”
The Z uses all LED lights, and Mullen said the elevators glow different colors at different color-coded floors.
“We put the latest newest technology possible,” he said. “It’s really cool.”
Mullen said The Z would serve as a template for future parking structures.
Parking costs $3 for every 20 minutes. Parkers who enter before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday have a daily max of $18. Those who enter after 4 p.m. have a daily max of $9. Weekends are $9 daily max.
Customers can pay with credit or debit cards. The 10-story structure is open 24 hours daily.
Bedrock hopes the structure will connect visitors to nearby sites such as Comerica Park, Woodward Avenue’s retail shops, Campus Martius and, in the future, whatever is built at the former Hudson’s Department Store site.
“You look at it as that site and everything else around it,” Mullen said. “We looked at everything around it; it’s perfectly located.”