DETROIT (WWJ) — Hundreds of businesses have taken part in this week’s contractor fair for the Detroit District entertainment complex that is currently under construction.

Douglas Diggs, president of Heritage Development Services — the firm overseeing the construction — told WWJ Newsradio 950 they have surpassed the goal of hiring 30 percent Detroit workers and companies for the work.

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“What we’re seeing is a project where we’re receiving quality work, the project is on time and we’re doing that with a 65 percent Detroit business participation and over 60 percent, right now, of the workforce is Detroit residents,” Diggs said.

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This summer’s work included initial ground clearing, utility relocation and earth retention.

“People should be clear that having a commitment to Detroit business and the Detroit workforce does not mean you don’t have a commitment to quality,” Diggs said. “Everything that the Ilitch family has done has been a quality product and we expect and continue to see that with those firms that have been awarded the contracts to date.”

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The new Detroit Red Wings arena and initial office and retail space are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.