detroit economic growth corporation http://michiganradio.org en Detroit gets a new sports and entertainment district, but not without controversy http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-gets-new-sports-and-entertainment-district-not-without-controversy <p>The Detroit City Council has approved a major land deal to create a new hockey arena and entertainment district.</p><p>The Council<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140204/NEWS01/302040024/Detroit-council-votes-today-on-arena-deal-Ilitches-to-get-land-for-1"> transferred all city-owned land within the 45-block entertainment district’s borders</a> to Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority Tuesday – for just $1.</p><p>That Authority will manage the mega-development, along with Olympia Development of Michigan.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16308 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit gets a new sports and entertainment district, but not without controversy Deal for new Red Wings arena moves forward; state could pay for Joe Louis demolition http://michiganradio.org/post/deal-new-red-wings-arena-moves-forward-state-could-pay-joe-louis-demolition <p>The Detroit Red Wings are a step closer to getting a new home.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority approved a concession management agreement that provides the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131213/BIZ/312130116/Joe-Louis-Arena-could-demolished-following-Red-Wings-departure?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">framework for a new $450 million sports and entertainment arena</a> Friday.</span></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:52:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15688 at http://michiganradio.org Deal for new Red Wings arena moves forward; state could pay for Joe Louis demolition Stateside for Monday, September 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-16th-2013 <p>It's officially the law of the land.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder signed the Medicaid expansion into law today.</p><p>The expansion will provide Medicaid services to hundreds of thousands of working-poor in the state through the federal Affordable Care Act. On today's show, what the expansion means for Michigan and what's next on the Governor's and the Legislature's agenda.</p><p>And, Brandon and Bethany Foote, the couple behind the musical group Gifts or Creatures, joined us today to talk about their music.</p><p>Also, Rivertown, a $55 million proposed development along the east riverfront in Detroit, recently won approval from the Detroit Economic Development Corporation. How are developments like this possible when Detroit is bankrupt?</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n Michigan, by state law, the day after Labor Day is Back-To-School Day.</span></p><p>But in some 30 districts and charter schools in Michigan, kids have already been going to school because these districts and schools are experimenting with year-round school.</p><p>It's a concept getting much attention with the realization that our traditional school schedule causes most kids to forget some of the reading and math skills over the long summer break. That forces teachers to spend the first month or more re-teaching the previous year's material.</p><p>What does year-round school look like and is there a demand for it?</p><p>For the answer, we turned to the Crosswell-Lexington Community Schools in rural Sanilac County, which is offering the option of a year-round schedule.</p><p>Superintendent Kevin Miller joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:33:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 14443 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 16th, 2013 Detroit bankruptcy is not deterring $55 million Rivertown development http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-not-deterring-55-million-rivertown-development <p>The news of Detroit's bankruptcy filing has been relentless.</p><p>But that Chapter 9 filing does not seem to be completely stalling economic growth and development in and around downtown.</p><p>Case in point: Rivertown -- a $55 million proposed development along the east riverfront. It recently won approval from the Detroit Economic Development Corporation.</p><p>Rivertown would have townhouses, apartments and small-scale retail.</p><p>Richard Baron, chairman and CEO of real estate development firm McCormick Baron Salazar, joined us today to talk about the development.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:28:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 14441 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy is not deterring $55 million Rivertown development The Red Wings are getting a new arena, but is this what Detroit needs? http://michiganradio.org/post/red-wings-are-getting-new-arena-what-detroit-needs <p>The irony was certainly not lost on many when just about the time the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection Governor Snyder gave the green light to a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings, an arena to be located just immediately north of downtown.</p><p>Plans are calling for an 18,000 seat state of the art arena and accompanying entertainment district. It’ll be funded with a mix of $365.5 million in private investment and an estimated public investment of $284 million.</p><p>The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is predicting the new Wings arena and mixed use district could create about 8,300 jobs and it predicts a statewide economic impact of $1.8 billion.</p><p>Marvin Surkin would like to challenge the statement that a new sports arena can energize a financially depleted city and boost its morale. He is a specialist in comparative urban politics and co-author of the book "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying." He joined us today from New York City.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:06:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 13987 at http://michiganradio.org The Red Wings are getting a new arena, but is this what Detroit needs? More new faces for Detroit's downtown business district http://michiganradio.org/post/more-new-faces-detroits-downtown-business-district <div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">500 new employees moved into downtown Detroit&rsquo;s First National Building Wednesday.</span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">City officials and business leaders say it&rsquo;s yet another sign of Detroit&rsquo;s resurgent business district.</span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">They held a pep rally of sorts to welcome the new employees downtown.</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><s Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:26:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8441 at http://michiganradio.org More new faces for Detroit's downtown business district Detroit rejects plan for youth baseball at former Tiger Stadium site http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-rejects-plan-youth-baseball-former-tiger-stadium-site <pre> The city of Detroit has again put a damper on plans to keep baseball at the site of the former Tiger Stadium. </pre> <pre> Chevrolet had proposed a plan what it calls the &ldquo;hallowed&rdquo; site to create a &ldquo;new ballpark for Detroit&rsquo;s youth.&rdquo; </pre> <pre> Chevy said it had support from the Detroit Tigers, and a non-profit group called the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy. </pre> <pre> But the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation quashed the proposal. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 22:36:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4025 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit rejects plan for youth baseball at former Tiger Stadium site