Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority voted today to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Ilitch organization to build a new multi-purpose arena and events center on the north end of downtown.
The site is a multi-block area on the west side of Woodward just north if I-75.
The arena (1) would be part of a mixed use development that would include (2) A 9,000 square foot ballroom with a banquet capacity of 450 people. This would be a great venue for mid-sized event and wedding receptions. 3) A 6,000 square foot restaurant with an expansive kitchen and other facilities that would serve both the restaurant and ballroom above. 4) Ice rink that would host Red Wings practices and local youth and recreational hockey. This facility would be connected directly to the team locker rooms at Olympia via a below grade connection between the two buildings. Public locker rooms would also be available on the Cass Avenue side of the building. 5) A 10-story high-rise at the corner of Elizabeth and Cass. 35-40,000 square feet of retail space would be at street level, on the second floor, and potentially below street level as well. Third and fourth floors would contain about 30,000 square feet of Class A commercial office space. Floors 5-10 would contain 36 residential units, averaging about 700 square feet each.