It's been another busy month for development news in the city. Let's catch up on five of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.
A groundbreaking was held for the Arena District last week
, beginning the very expensive task
of building an 18,000-seat hockey and entertainment arena and 45 blocks of mixed-use development mostly from scratch. A mix of public and private money is funding the development just north of downtown. The arena is scheduled to open in 2017.
In other sports-cum-development news, the city of Detroit is weighing proposals for the redevelopment of the historic former site of Tiger Stadium in the city's Corktown neighborhood. The city issued its latest RFP for the site earlier this year and has reportedly narrowed it down to two proposals
. Each proposal calls for mixed-use development for the site, which would run along Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street. The rest of the site will be reserved for the Police Athletic League and its own development plans, which would include maintaining the historic playing field.
The M-1 Rail construction keeps chugging along, with the first tracks being installed along Woodward this week
. Crews began working on the 3.3 mile-long light rail development in July 2014.
Last week, a judge ordered Ralph Sachs
to secure and maintain a downtown building of his
which has become so dilapidated that the city of Detroit is suing for it to be torn down
. Preservationists started a petition in response
, asking that Sachs be held responsible for maintaining his building, rather than forcing the historic Albert Kahn-designed high rise be torn down.
In beer news, Dexter-based Jolly Pumpkin announced that it will open its third Michigan location in Detroit's Midtown
. The brewery and restaurant will open at 441 W. Canfield St. in 2015. Meanwhile, the Michigan-based HopCat, a craft beer bar and restaurant, has delayed its opening, also in Midtown, to mid-December of this year
Writer: MJ Galbraith
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