City of Warren


Warren City Square

Warren, Michigan

100 acres, 40.5 hectares

Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design

“SmithGroupJJR has helped us lay the framework necessary for success and should be credited with taking a good project and making it even better.”

—Gina Cavlier, Director, Downtown Development Authority


A suburban community north of Detroit, Warren turned to SmithGroupJJR to refine its City Center master plan and to help establish a more urban downtown core. The resulting plan helped Warren kick off construction of a new mixed-use center, incorporating a gridded street system and a boldly modern city hall and library along with stores, offices, townhomes and lofts—all within a 100-acre site.

The landmark City Square is the linchpin, the new heart of downtown Warren. SmithGroupJJR's design provides a dynamic, two-acre setting for community activities, hosting farmers' markets and a variety of events. The Square includes a concert stage, lawn, pavilion, and an interactive water feature that converts in winter to an ice rink, providing year-round enjoyment. At the Square's entrance stands Dawn, an inspiring pair of steel sculptures by regional artist David Barr that are now part of the City's official logo. It expresses the community's optimism and pride, and the new beginning signified by their energized urban center.