Almost 13 years after the Detroit Tigers played their last game at their historic playing field at Michigan and Trumbull, a new concept has emerged for reusing the old Tiger Stadium site.
Three sources familiar with the idea say the City of Detroit is talking with the Parade Company, the non-profit organization that runs the city’s Thanksgiving Day parade and other special events, to buy the site and build its new headquarters, warehouse, and operations center there.
The idea remains tentative. No deal has been signed, and success would depend mostly on the Parade Company raising the estimated $15 million or more it would need to build the facility. Even though the idea remains tentative, it appears to be the leading concept right now.
Under the proposal, the Parade Co. would occupy just a portion of the roughly nine-acre site, mostly along the Trumbull and I-75 sides of the site in what used to be the outfield of Tiger Stadium.
They would use the site for creation and storage of parade floats and costumes, using a variety of employees and volunteers. There’s no word on exactly how many people might work or volunteer at the site, but it would mean new jobs downtown.
Posted: July 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
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