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Monday, November 17, 2014

City Council to discuss rezoning for new Detroit Red Wings arena on Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

click to enlarge A map laying out the proposed 45-acre district in downtown Detroit anchored by a new Detroit Red Wings arena. - COURTESY OF OLYMPIA DEVELOPMENT OF MICHIGAN
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  • 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.

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