Plan to transform downtown Detroit released

Jul 20, 2014

Downtown Detroit could undergo a major transformation under a development plan unveiled today.

An artist's conception of the yet-to-be named downtown hockey arena.
An artist's conception of the yet-to-be named downtown hockey arena.
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The organization that owns the Detroit Red Wings says it wants to transform the northern part of downtown Detroit into a sports/entertainment/retail and residential destination.

The plan covers an area from Ford Field, Comerica Park, MotorCity Casino, the Fox Theatre and the Detroit Opera House, and north along the Woodward Avenue corridor. The centerpiece of the development would be a new $450 million downtown hockey arena, which is slated to open in 2017.

A copy of the proposed mixed-used development plan
A copy of the proposed mixed-used development plan
Credit Olympia Entertainment

The Ilitch family says it plans to spend $200 million to create hundreds of residential units near Comerica Park and the new arena.

The hope is that will spur other private investors to build residential and commercial development along Woodward Avenue.