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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New use for old Tiger Stadium site? Parade Company talking with city

First Fortune Records and now this…

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.

Repoz Posted: July 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, tigers

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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: July 26, 2012 at 07:25 AM (#4192476)
In a city filled with vacant lots, they want to build a warehouse at...the Tiger Stadium site? Sigh.
   2. Flynn Posted: July 26, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4192477)
This reeks of somebody doing somebody a favor to justify yanking the stadium down.
   3. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:22 AM (#4192494)

What RMc said.

Flynn, the stadium is already torn down. What remains is the infield, a vacant lot, and a/the flagpole. Looked at one way, it's depressing. Looked at another, it's pretty wonderful. Families play ball there. People come and walk around the park. I went to stand on the infield where my childhood idols Tram and Sweet Lou played, and ended up sharing Tigers memories with a biker who was reminiscing himself.

Build it somewhere else!
   4. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4192497)
No, #### you! MONEY!
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:51 AM (#4192503)
The Tigers obviously don't want anything baseball-related in the city of Detroit that they don't control, so making it a working ballpark again is probably out. A baseball museum, perhaps, with the Tigers getting a chunk of the revenue?

Anything but making it another faceless warehouse or housing project. Haven't enough classic ballparks suffered this fate?
   6. something like a train wreck Posted: July 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM (#4192694)
Quite apart from the baseball considerations, it makes no sense. The immediate area is now one of the healthiest in the city, with thriving bars and restaurants and increasing property values. (Most predicted doom for the neighborhood when the Tigers left). Why they would put a warehouse there, which contributes nothing to the vitality of the neighborhhod, is beyond me. There are about 14 zillion places they can put a warehouse. 13 zillion of them are abandoned warehouses. On the other hand, no one is going to build a baseball museum and if they did, who would come other than serious Tiger fans, once? Other than Cooperstown, is there such a thing?

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