Olympia Development of Michigan will restart construction operations next week at all active sites, consistent with the company’s continued commitment to create jobs, enhance opportunity and build neighborhoods. That work includes the historic former Eddystone hotel, which brings affordable and market-rate housing to the city, and 2715 Woodward, which brings new retail and office space.
“We have been working every day, along with our construction and development partners, to ensure that our job-creating development is moving forward and that we would be ready to resume on-site construction activity as soon as possible,” said Zarah Broglin, Vice President of Construction for Olympia Development. “These historic renovation and new construction projects represent permanent jobs, business opportunities and contribute to dynamic, welcoming neighborhoods in The District Detroit, and all of us at Olympia Development are thrilled to restart construction activities.”
Olympia Development construction managers have been working diligently and each will have a site-specific safety plan that aligns with the new safety guidelines, including:
- Designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 control strategies.
- Conducting daily health screenings for workers.
- Creating dedicated entry points, if possible, or issuing stickers or other indicators to ensure that all workers are screened every day.
- Identifying choke points and high-risk areas (like hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses) and controlling them to enable social distancing.
- Ensuring sufficient handwashing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite.
Construction activity is also expected to resume at the new Columbia Street dining and retail destination, where future tenants like the new Union Joints restaurant and Sahara Restaurant and Grill will join recently opened businesses like Frita Batidos, Rush Bowls and The M Den.