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The Preservation of Tiger Stadium
Posted: 08 October 2008 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]

The following was sent to Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy donors this morning:


The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation have reached agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding that will ultimately transfer title to the stadium to the Conservancy and grant a long-term lease of the playing field. We want our supporters to know that we are encouraged by this development and are continuing to pursue our goals of preserving and redeveloping the historic Navin Field grandstand and upper deck, restoring the playing grounds as a first-class youth baseball facility and revitalizing Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.

The Detroit City Council voted Tuesday to reject the DEGC’s recommendation for complete demolition, allowing our group a brief extension   Through the generosity of hundreds of Tiger Stadium supporters, we have raised approximately $170,000 to date. However, we still need to raise another $50,000 to provide for six months of onsite security while we put our long-term financing in place.  Our $15M project plan expects to receive $4 million via a federal earmark and more than $6 million in historic preservation and economic stimulus tax credits.

The Conservancy is fighting hard to save historic Tiger Stadium, but we need your help. We’re asking supporters to visit our Web site at http://www.savetigerstadium.org and donate whatever they can afford this week.

Note that, as stated on our Web site, donations will not be refunded in the event that the Conservancy’s plan does not receive approval by the City of Detroit. The Conservancy expects to utilize all donations in the fight to save Tiger Stadium, and any unspent donations will be directed to a non-profit organization that is harmonious with the OTSC’s mission.

The Conservancy is a registered Michigan non-profit corporation and has been accorded 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore, all donations made to the OTSC, including those made earlier in 2008, are eligible to be deducted as a charitable contribution on your 2008 tax returns.

Thank you in advance for your generous donation in support of Tiger Stadium. 


Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, Inc.
P.O. Box 141193
Detroit, MI 48214
http://www.SaveTigerStadium.org
313-285-9922

Posted: 08 October 2008 08:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]

From WWJ,  this link provides a photo, short article and interview with the OTSC’s Thom Linn:

http://www.wwj.com/pages/3095575.php?

Jeff

Posted: 08 October 2008 08:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]

Aerial photos of Tiger Stadium through 9/20:

http://www.aerialpics.com/G/TigerStadiumDemo.html

Jeff

Posted: 10 October 2008 02:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]

An interview by Doug Sokolowski with OTSC Board Member Gary Gillette can be found here:

http://www.preservetigerstadiu m.com/news.htm

It is currently at the top of the news items at this link. The interview is about 14 1/2 minutes long.

Posted: 13 October 2008 01:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Rod Nelson
October 12, 2008                                                               313.285.9922


Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy Achieves Milestone, Schedules Press Conference

DETROIT – The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy on Friday executed the critical first step to fulfill its requirements with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in order to preserve the most historic portion of the cherished landmark at “The Corner” of Michigan and Trumbull. The demolition phase of the project is now complete, leaving intact the original 1912 Navin Field grandstand and upper deck, which was added in 1923.

“This is an exciting time for the citizens of Detroit,” said Conservancy Vice President Thom Linn. “It is a day for our supporters to celebrate and commit to redouble the effort to make this a historic preservation and redevelopment project a success. There’s much more to do.”

The Conservancy presented a $69,000 check to the City of Detroit, funds which provide for six months of security at the ballpark site while the preservationists finalize financing arrangements for the $15 million project. A $150,000 escrow account has been established with the law firm of Miller Canfield that will ultimately lead to the transfer of the stadium’s title and the granting of a long-term lease of the playing field to the Conservancy.

Project planners expect to receive $4 million in federal appropriations and more than $6 million in state and federal historic preservation and economic stimulus tax credits. The plan calls for the restoration of the historic playing grounds for use as a first-class amateur youth baseball facility, transforming the concourse into a baseball heritage center and converting a portion of the grandstand into a banquet facility. The project is seen as key to the revitalization of Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.

Over 600 donors nationwide contributed to the cause which represents an unprecedented opportunity for historians and ballpark enthusiasts to celebrate the preservation of one of the classic American baseball cathedrals.

A press conference with the Conservancy board and principal supporter U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) will is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 13th in the offices of Miller Canfield at 150 W. Jefferson in Detroit.

The Conservancy is a registered Michigan non-profit corporation and has been accorded 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Posted: 13 October 2008 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]

I just learned that this press conference is not open to the general public out of respect to Senator Levin and his tight schedule being that it is an election year.

Posted: 20 October 2008 01:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]

If you save it, they will come!

Come celebrate with friends and neighbors the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy’s recent victory to preserve the original Navin Field grandstand and historic playing field and the project to revitalize Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood!

Host: Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
Event: Benefit Party

Date: Friday, October 24, 2008
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Baile Corcaigh - An Irish Restaurant and Pub
Street: 1426 Bagley - (Trumbull, one block south of Michigan)
City: Detroit, MI 48216
Web Site: http://www.corktownpub.com/

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15/ea or $25/couple

FOOD: Light snacks provided

BEVERAGES: Available from the bar

ENTERTAINMENT: Ben Hassenger, The Baseball Baladeer will perform “The Corner”, “The Voice of Summer”, and other baseball tunes. Performing 7:00pm to 7:45pm
http://tinyurl.com/thecornervideo http://www.myspace.com/bquietmusic

Contact: Rod Nelson
Phone: 313-285-9922
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you’d like to make a night of it, please call ahead for dinner reservations as the dining room fills rapidly. (313-963-4546)

The entertainment upstairs begins at 8:00pm. Blackthorn is an extremely popular and talented Irish group that never fails to provide an enjoyable evening of song and story. Their easy banter and fine music keep their faithful returning.

If you’re unable to attend, but wish to take this opportunity to support the ongoing cause, please visit the website and make an online contribution. Any gift, large or small is greatly appreciated. http://www.SaveTigerStadium.org

The Conservancy is a registered Michigan non-profit corporation and has been accorded 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service.
All donations made to the OTSC are eligible to be deducted as a charitable contribution on your 2008 tax returns.

Posted: 18 November 2009 11:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]

I love the top view of the tiger stadium. It reminds me of the place where my husband proposes to me..
Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

regards,
girlie

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