DETROIT (AP) – A Chicago-based firm has been selected to develop a plan to further redevelop an eastern portion of the Detroit riverfront.

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Detroit’s planning department say Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is taking on the work with help from six local firms. The plan for the East Riverfront District will take stock of the area and present a vision for its future.

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Additionally, a “Creative Detroit Think Tank” is planned for the project.

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The area along the Detroit River is being transformed for residential, business and recreation use from blighted, formerly industrial property. New developments are expected to house thousands of people.

The first public meeting for the East Riverfront District plan is scheduled for Tuesday in Detroit. Those interested in attending may register online.

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