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10-21-2012, 04:24 PM
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Brodie
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There's a lot of info about it, but it's all sort of hush hush. The fact is, the city is broke, the county is broke and the state isn't going to be able to justify a lot in investment. If Mr. I really is at the end, I expect they're going to mount a privately financed campaign... which means other investors (ie. Amway). Location rumors have shifted from Foxtown to the vacant lots across I-75 from Hockeytown (called the Temple site), owing to Illitch's involvement in the M1 light rail/streetcar project and it's inclusion of a stop at those abandoned lots. There's also more space there for the proposed shopping center that will accompany the arena.

They own all the land, so it's really all down to financing. And an announcement on that could come whenever the family decides they can't wait any longer. I expect it will happen before he passes.

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