DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Ilitch family has unveiled more details of its plans for an entertainment and residential complex centered on a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena.
Ilitch Holdings Inc. chairman Mike Ilitch said in a statement Sunday that it’s long been his dream “to see a vibrant and energized downtown Detroit.”
He says the new sports and entertainment district “will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Ave.”
“By accelerating our investments in important neighborhood infrastructure and new mixed-use development, we will stabilize and develop dozens of underutilized blocks, create more jobs more quickly and allow the city to spend public funds on other priorities,” added Christopher Ilitch president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
The neighborhoods are inspired by historical roots, beloved places or geographical highlights in each area. Each neighborhood has its own distinct personality, expressed by the following working names:
- Columbia Street – A neighborhood near the Fox Theatre and the Fillmore Detroit that offers entertainment and dining at its finest.
- Wildcat Corner – this neighborhood, anchored by Comerica Park and Ford Field, offers energetic, athletic experiences at their best.
- Working name to be determined – The bustling home of the new Detroit arena.
- Cass Park Village – An energized, eclectic and primarily residential neighborhood.
- Columbia Park – A fresh, modern neighborhood anchored by a new public green space.
Other nearby venues include the Detroit Lions’ Ford Field, the MotorCity Casino and the Ilitch-owned Fox Theatre.
Ilitch says a new Red Wings arena will open in 2017 and stands to have an $1.8 billion economic impact in the area, including 8,300 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.
He says his organization will help create $200 million for mixed-use development concurrent with arena construction.
Construction on the new project is expected to begin in the fall.
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