DETROIT (WWJ) – A piece of Detroit history is set to come crumbling to the ground on Saturday.
The Park Avenue Hotel, built in the 1920s and abandoned since 2003, will be demolished July 11 at 8 a.m. The 13-story building will be filled with more than 200 pounds of TNT, and is expected to come crashing down in mere seconds.READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
The hotel is being destroyed in order to build a high-capacity loading bay for the new Detroit Red Wings arena, located on the west side of Woodward Avenue, just north of I-75.
It’s part of a $650 million development project to create a 45-acre downtown sports and entertainment district.READ MORE: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
Portions of Cass Avenue, Clifford Street, Ledyard Street and Henry Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until an hour after the event. A designated public viewing area for the implosion has not been established.
The 20,000 seat arena is expected to open in September 2017.MORE NEWS: Veteran Needs Help With Home Repairs