Colliers Brokers Sale of 24,000 SF Historic Building in Detroit

by Kristin Harlow

DETROIT — Colliers has brokered the sale of the historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) building in Detroit for an undisclosed price. The 24,000-square-foot property is located at 1942 Grand River Ave. Newgar LLC sold the asset to Joe Barbat of Barbat Holdings. Benji Rosenzweig and Ben Hubert of Colliers represented both parties in the transaction. The building currently houses a restaurant, office and event space. The buyer intends to convert the property into strictly event space with a new steakhouse on the ground floor to replace the old Parks & Rec Diner and Republic Tavern restaurants. The GAR building opened in 1901 as a place for the city’s Civil War veterans to gather. The GAR is a nationwide organization founded in 1866.

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