DETROIT (AP) – A $21.5 million port development along downtown Detroit’s riverfront aims to be a stopping point for Great Lakes cruise ships and a home for a ferry connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday that the port located along the Detroit River between Hart Plaza and the Renaissance Center is scheduled to open next month.

Officials hope the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority project helps to create a new era of waterfront tourism. It’s part of a broader effort to improve Detroit’s waterfront. Other Great Lakes port cities have taken steps to make their waterfronts more attractive as well.

The facility will be the new headquarters of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.

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