$52 million in construction contracts awarded to local companies in new Detroit arena


  • Olympia Development of Michigan

On Monday, the Downtown Development Authority approved an additional nearly $52 million in new contracts for Olympia Development's new 20,000-seat Red Wings arena and auxiliary "District Detroit" development.

According to a press release, more than $27 million of the new contracts are going to Detroit-based businesses, such as Motor City Electric's $16 million contract for electrical work in the arena and Ideal Contracting's $11 million contract for foundation and steel work. In total, the sum of contracts comes to $257 million, with 65 percent of the contracts going to Detroit businesses and 95 percent of the contracts going to Michigan businesses.

The arena, slated to open for the 2017-18 hockey season, was financed through a $450 million in state-issued bonds in a "daisy chain of borrowing." 

Read our 2014 cover feature on how owner Mike Ilitch scored the new Red Wings arena here.

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