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As Ideas Pour In For Tiger Stadium Site, Outgoing Detroit Economic Club CEO Favors Diversity

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A general view of the stands at Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan.  There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2.   (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages)

A general view of the stands at Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages)

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DETROIT (WWJ) — Some new ideas are on the table for the old Tiger Stadium residing in Detroit’s historic Corktown.

George Jackson, outgoing President and CEO of Detroit Economic Club, said that several firms are putting in their proposals for the largely vacant site.

Although he isn’t aware of all the plans for the stadium, Jackson said that he favors one idea in particular.

“It should be a mixed use of both residential and retail, commercial on that side,” Jackson said. “I think it’s definitely needed as a real complement to what’s already going on in Corktown.”

Earlier this year the city put out a request for proposals, which were due last week. Jackson said that he will not be a part of the sites’s proposal selection process.

“I never was against a baseball field, I just didn’t think it should be just a baseball field or that it should dominate the site when you have a community and a city that needs more density,” Jackson said. “Obviously there are several firms, entities,  that are putting in a bid on that. I wont be a part of the decision making, but I think that it’s going in the right place.”

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