Monday, August 25, 2008

RIP - Colin Hubbell

Colin Hubbell didn't live or work in the Warrendale neighborhood. However, his impact was felt across Detroit. He was one of those people who made the entire region a better place to be.

He was one of the earliest real estate developers in modern Detroit who could genuinely be called "developers". He took abandoned eyesores, saw their potential and transformed them into loft developments that brought new residents to the inner city. He gave new business owners the encouragement that they needed to launch their first business. In doing so, he created new jobs and tax revenue in a community that, quite frankly, is in desperate need of both.

Along the way, he constantly reminded everyone he met of their own potential for greatness. (He once kissed me on the cheek when I met him at one of his loft openings.) He was simply an amazing human being.

Colin Hubbell made Detroit - all 138.8 square miles of it - a better place to live, work and raise a family. His obituary from the Detroit Free Press is available here.

Visitation for Mr. Hubbell will be from 2 to 9 p.m. this evening and from 2 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the VerHeyden Funeral Home, which is at 16300 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe. A prayer service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

His remains will lie in state at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, which is at 1401 Whittier Road in Grosse Pointe Park. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the church.

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