... Little Caesars Arena ... is expected to breathe life into a part of Detroit that has long been considered a dead zone.
[District Detroit is] slated to include entertainment and commercial developments, as well as at least six residential developments. ... Work is underway in the district, headed by the Ilitch organization's Olympia Development, though it won't be completed for several years. ... Restaurants, offices and new surface lots and parking structures are expected to open soon.
The stadium can be the nucleus for that area, and it’s the catalyst for that project to take shape,” said Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. “But, ultimately, it’s going to be the surrounding development that leaves the biggest impact on the city and, frankly, on the state.”No doubt a lot of people believe that. Notably, the article included a quote from a man doubtful that development would spill over. They even had Robinson give voice to such doubts. Which was very nice of them, because it allowed Robinson to offer vague statements that have a preposterous ring to them. "There’s no analytics, no data to say where this [development] is headed."
Private investment is primarily building the district, but as much as $74 million in public dollars can come from the Detroit Downtown Development Authority to help the district grow.
"The ancillary development is going to be very, very important," Benson said. "That's where your residents live. That's where your shop owners are going to be investing in new businesses. That's also where your tax revenue is going to come from."
Umm who created that dead zone? Who has been accumulating land, letting it rot, sit empty, and create more blight so they can buy more land for cheap for 30 years? The Ilitches!
Why has the area to the north of the "dead-zone" known as midtown manage to attract new loft developments and bars and restaurants? Why has the area to the south of the "dead-zone" known as downtown manage to see buildings refurbished and attract more and more office workers?
Because the Ilitches don't own land to the south/north of the "dead-zone". The Ilitches are awful. Just awful.
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