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More Development Pitched for District Detroit

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Some additional amenities are being pitched for the area around Little Caesars Arena–the future home of the Detroit Red Wings–including an upscale hotel and a sports medical center

One of the more anticipated aspects of the new arena is the surrounding development. Billed as The District Detroit, the project is centered around the construction of several neighborhoods that will offer amenities such as housing, office suites, dining and retail, and green space. On Thursday, CBRE–the firm tasked with leasing for the district–presented concepts for new structures.

Among the proposals is a 350-room, high-end hotel that would primarily serve professional athletes. Also on the table are two new strips of retail spaces that run would run along Woodward Avenue. The foundation for both commercial buildings would be built on a planned I-75 overpass.

Another new item up for consideration is a sports medicine facility, a proposed partnership between Olympia Entertainment and Detroit Medical Center (DMC), with the two sides currently discussing a parcel of land between the arena and the forthcoming Mike Illitch Business School. More from the Detroit Free Press:

DMC Chief Administrative Officer Conrad Mallett said the DMC is in serious talks for developing this site with the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development, the arena district’s developer, but he stressed that no deals have been signed. However, if such a center were built, it would likely become a sports medicine destination, he said.

“This could be something very much cutting edge and something we think that would put the DMC on the map, which is why we’re so interested in the possibility,” Mallett said

No opening date was reported for the medical center, but the retail and hotel developments are slated to be completed after Little Caesars Arena opens for the 2017-2018 NHL season. Construction on the retail buildings would conclude in 2018, with the hotel opening the following year. Thursday’s presentation also laid out plans for a 1,000-space parking deck, modifications to the Hockeytown building, and the addition of 11 townhomes on Clifford Street.

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