Photo of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.

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The old Tiger Stadium site in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood has sat vacant for nearly two decades now. A local group has spent time preserving the original field, however, the large lot is expensive real estate and it was only a matter of time before it was redeveloped. Earlier this week, Larson Realty Group broke ground on a $30M mixed-use development that will be known as “The Corner”. The nickname “The Corner” references Michigan and Turnbull Avenues which is where the historic stadium was originally located.

The Corner will feature 111 rental units as well as more than 26,000 square feet of retail space. There will be no gentrification, however. The city of Detroit has requested that 20% of the rental units be rented to people whose incomes are 80% of the city’s median income. The majority of the rental units will be an average of 700 square feet and will consist of studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. Additionally, 60% of the retail space will be rented at half the going rate for small businesses in the area.

The mixed-use development has been in planning for five years now. The Detroit Police Athletic League operate a youth sports facility on the old Tiger Stadium site as well. The Corktown neighborhood is safe but is still a neighborhood in transition. Automobile manufacturer Ford has announced that it would like to build a small campus in the Corktown neighborhood for it’s engineers. Ford has also purchased the abandoned Michigan Central Station which sits nearby.

Other areas of downtown Detroit are also slowly changing. A soccer stadium has been proposed near the Greektown neighborhood. Joe Louis Arena, former home of the Detroit Red Wings is currently undergoing the demolition process. A new luxury hotel will be built on the former site of Joe Louis Arena. Little Caesars Arena, new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, opened last fall along Woodward Avenue. The Detroit Tigers have been playing at Comerica Park on Woodward Avenue since they left Tiger Stadium in 2000.


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