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Moving Right Along: Work Continues At Detroit's Gateway Marketplace

DETROIT (WWJ) - Progress is being made at the Gateway Marketplace project in Detroit, as drivers on Woodward and 8 Mile Road can now see dirt piling up and construction workers plugging away.

The center -- anchored by a Meijer Supercenter, Marshalls department store and K&G Fashion Superstore -- is expected to feature 350,000 square feet of retail space on 36 acres of land.

PHOTOS: Progress At Detroit's Gateway Marketplace

Construction crews broke ground on the project, at the northwest corner of the old state fair property, this past May after spending eight years planning and developing the marketplace.

"Right now, we're ahead of schedule with paving and curbing, and we started building foundations last week, we're moving forward with those buildings," Vince Washington, a field superintendent for the Dailey-Jenkins construction team told WWJ's Mike Campbell.

Washington said in less than two weeks, the outside walls of the Meijer store will be up.

"These block walls are starting, I've got five masons that started last week and you'll start seeing blocks go up in the next few days," he said. "Meijer is expected to start precast 12 foot high, 22 foot wide panels, you will see over in Meijer. In 10 days, you will have a complete Meijer."

The Gateway Marketplace is scheduled for completion May 31, 2013.

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