The District Detroit is fast-underway, and with it, the budding excitement of a new downtown playground. As we look forward to the opening of this state-of-the-art district, we asked guest blogger Ed Saenz from Olympia Development of Michigan a few questions on what to expect and look forward to.
1. What makes The District Detroit a ‘district?’
This is a network of five new, mixed-use neighborhoods, featuring residential, office, retail and green spaces which will each be anchored by world-class venues. The District Detroit spans a 50-block area and will include thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.
2. What is going to make The District Detroit an attractive destination for travelers and tourists?
In addition to the new Detroit Events Center, The District Detroit will offer shops, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations similar to the Fox Theatre and Comerica Park. More than 180,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants will be developed in the neighborhood around the new arena alone.
3. How will the district contribute to the comeback of the city?
Our organization has been committed to the city for more than 50 years and we’re proud to be a part of Detroit’s amazing comeback story. This District Detroit is a catalyst because it is transforming places and people’s lives. We are redeveloping a 50-block area surrounding the new Detroit Events Center into restaurants, shops, offices and residential spaces where people can live, work and play. The goal is to create a contiguous, walkable area between the fast-moving Midtown and resurging Downtown areas.
4. What are some of the new amenities fans will experience within the new arena?
Dynamic fan experiences, like enhanced video and sound capabilities for a more immersive experience, creative food-service options, a “skin” on the outside of the arena bowl that can display video and graphics, additional elevators and improved seating options – such as gondola seating suspended over the event level – that create unique, memorable experiences.
Active community spaces like on-site practice ice, which will also be used for amateur hockey; an outdoor plaza featuring a massive video wall – along with more green spaces across the arena site – will be regularly programmed with music and entertainment.
The new Detroit arena will be a special place for fans of music, sports, and other events, and we know that it will deliver a world-class venue that our community will be proud of.
5. When will the district be open to the public?
The new arena will open in September 2017, in time for the start of the 2017 NHL season, along with nearby restaurants, shops and new residential units.
6. What is the number one thing people will love about The District Detroit?
The District Detroit will shops, living spaces and venues into one contiguous walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and fans can connect with each other and the city they love!
What are you most looking forward to about the opening of The District Detroit? Share with us by commenting below!