ilitch announces plans to build new arena
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12-08-2012, 04:14 PM
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potential sites for the new arena
The project is going to be at the Temple and Woodward site.
The original plan (8 years ago) had the stadium project being placed behind the Fox Theater. That project was stalled when the economy tanked. In the meantime Marian acquired the Motor City Casino and that changed the attitude of having the stadium behind the Fox. The reasoning is that the stadium would be sandwiched between the Fox and MGM Casino. The Ilitch's would rather not put their new stadium next to their competitors casino where people would park there and spend money there before, during and after stadium events. By moving the stadium to the other side of I-75 it make it a little closer, a little more of a direct route for people to go to the Motor City Casino rather than the MGM.
Plus, by filling up that gap on Woodward they help to create a continuous, safe, walkable route for consumers to move from New Center through Wayne State University, the Museum and Arts District, Foxtown all the way to Hart Plaza. Which is one of the goals that was mentioned when discussing the potential site.
Another indicator is that the M1 Rail Line (which also just cleared a huge hurdle in the way of legislation for a Regional transit Authority being approved) has a station planned in the designs right at that location. Why have one of the 23 Rail Stations at an abandoned lot unless there is planned development for that site? Oh, and the Ilitch's are one of the backers for the M1 Rail Line. Coincidence?
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