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Three young entrepreneurs
return to Metro Detroit to start
their real estate business
SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
Many Jews strive to help rescue the dream of a revitalized Detroit.
Tyler Ross, Michael Colman and David Colman
look over development plans for ROCO real
ith philanthropy as its cornerstone,
ROCO Real Estate in Bloomfield
Hills is looking to make its mark on
Metropolitan Detroit. The 2-year-
old firm has already acquired more than 1,500
multifamily units across the Midwest and is on pace
to grow exponentially. Driving the company's growth
is the youth of its three principals: brothers, Michael
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e was young, ambitious, charis-
matic, articulate and politically
savvy. He held such potential as
Detroit's new chief executive.
Kwame Kilpatrick was a big man with big
ideas and a seemingly big heart for redefin-
ing a flailing Detroit, once one of America's
industrial giants with a booming population
and a dynamic pulse.
It was 2002 — and he offered real hope.
Voters and supporters, including many
Jews, felt he had the imagination, smarts
and panache to improve the city dra-
Eve y Week
matically. He hadn't yet elevated political
patronage to a tawdry level.
Kilpatrick had built bonds with the
Jewish community during his years as a
state representative from 1996 to 2001,
succeeding his mother, Carolyn Cheeks
Kilpatrick, when she was elected to
Congress. He even visited Israel in 1999
on a Jewish Community Relations Council
Years later, as he politically collapsed
amid scandal, Jewish business lead-
ers pressed on with revitalizing Detroit,
imagining some of the same possibilities
as Kilpatrick. Other Jews stayed engaged
through social causes.
Flashback to May 7, 2002. The location: A
Southfield banquet hall, where 300 Metro
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