Northland Shopping Center has been a landmark in Southfield since it opened in 1954. Wildly successful upon its debut, the center had grown and changed over the years, sadly culminating in its bankruptcy and closure in 2015. Contour Companies will invest in the property in order to inject a bright, new vitality into the derelict shopping center, restore its historic fabric, and create a destination community that will once again place Northland back in the public’s eye as a landmark and desirable place to be.
When Northland closed in 2015, much sorrow was expressed throughout the region about the decline of a once-beloved landmark. The redevelopment of Northland and the Hudson City market will turn the property into a lively new urban center while respecting and reinforcing the history of the site, as well as its unique Mid-Century Modern design. Once again, Northland will be a prime destination for living, laughing, and enjoying life.
The project consists of two phases. A 1339-unit mixed-use apartment community consisting of 3 phases will provide comfortable and dynamic work-force housing in 14 five-story buildings. Six of these buildings will have a commercial component on the ground floor, facing Greenfield Road giving Northland residents convenience of “hopping downstairs” for necessities like coffee, a meal, or other goods and services.
The massive J.L. Hudson Co. store, once the largest branch department store in the world, will be returned to use as the Hudson City Market, a vibrant food-and-specialty home furnishings marketplace, filled with dining and entertainment options oriented around a doughnut-shaped atrium within the building which will be returned to its original exterior appearance. This marketplace will be developed in the spirit of the highly successful Ponce City Market in Atlanta.
Phase II, located roughly along Northwestern Highway and on J. L. Hudson Drive, will compliment and complete the development’s sense of community by incorporating more mixed-use residential buildings, townhomes fronting on a landscaped green space (once an asphalt parking lot!) complete with a pond and other amenities. The landmark power plant will become a community clubhouse and the familiar Northland water tower will remain in place.