Courtesy of Olympia Development of Michigan
A map laying out the proposed 45-acre district in downtown Detroit anchored by a new Detroit Red Wings arena.
Detroit City Council will discuss the proposed rezoning of a 12-acre parcel near downtown Detroit to facilitate the new $450 million Detroit Red Wings arena
. But as Joe Guillen of the Detroit Free Press
noted on Sunday, there's much more at stake
The latest plans for the new Red Wings arena have raised concerns among community members and historic preservation advocates that the well-known Hotel Park Avenue could be torn down.
The potential for demolition has grabbed the attention of Detroit City Council members who are questioning whether to support a rezoning request for the arena project.
Councilmember Scott Benson has taken the reins of the preservation initiative, saying the rezoning request should be amended to maintain the hotel and find a future use for it, Guillen notes.
The Red Wings will vacate the team's current home, Joe Louis Arena, prior to the start of the National Hockey League's 2017-2018 season and move to the new facility, located just north of I-75, west of Woodward. The new arena will be constructed using as much as $285 million in public funds for the project. Guillen reports that a contractor for the development told City Council previously that a federal homeland security guideline adopted by the NHL requires the team adhere to a 100 ft. security clearance surrounding the new facility. But a spokesperson for the NHL could not confirm to the Freep
that such a guideline is in place.
The meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 inside the City Council's committee of the whole room on the 13th floor of Detroit City Hall, which is located at 2 Woodward Avenue.