DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit commission has approved plans to tear down a vacant historic hotel as part of construction of a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena north of downtown.

The Detroit Historic District Commission voted 3-1 Wednesday in favor of razing the Park Avenue Hotel, which was built in the 1920s.

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Olympia Development of Michigan has said demolition of the hotel is needed in order to build a high-capacity loading bay for the arena, located on the west side of Woodward Avenue, just north of I-75.

The Eddystone Building, located across the street from the Park Avenue Hotel, will be saved and renovated to include market-rate and affordable housing, along with first-floor retail space.

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Olympia Development is owned by Red Wings’ owners Mike and Marian Illitch. City Council members approved rezoning property for the arena project in April. The $450 million arena with 20,000 seats is expected to open in 2017.

The Red Wings currently play at Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979.

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