DETROIT (WWJ) — Final April, billionaire Dan Gilbert revealed glowing plans for a model new main league soccer stadium in downtown Detroit.
He deliberate to construct the stadium on the location of the unfinished Wayne County jail venture, which has sat untouched since 2013. The one drawback is: Gilbert doesn’t personal the land, Wayne County does.
Wayne County Government Warren Evans introduced final week that the county was readying to resume work on the jail within the coming months. Evans stated Friday that Walsh Development will obtain the request for a proposal on February 10.
However Gilbert may swoop in and make an inexpensive supply for the location earlier than that occurs, the Detroit Free Press studies.
“The timing necessities put ahead by County Government Evans are clear and absolutely understood by our staff,” Matt Cullen, Principal of Rock Ventures, stated in a press release to the Free Press. “We now have now accomplished sufficient of our preliminary due diligence that may permit us to submit our supply prematurely of the county government’s deadline.”
Gilbert’s plan included eating places, workplaces and resorts, along with the 25,000-seat Main League Soccer stadium.
“The actual query although for the county and the group and the individuals of Detroit is, you understand, do we would like a jail on the foot of downtown and the entrance door?” Gilbert stated. “Or do we would like a serious improvement that’s gonna create financial, nice economics for job creation, for, you realize, tax roll creation and for general optimism as you progress by means of the town?”
Gilbert stated he met with Evans, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and others to debate a potential deal, providing $50 million for the jail website earlier final yr.
“What was economically possible for Wayne County has been very clearly ending on the jail website,” Evans stated after the presentation. “Not as a result of it’s the most effective place, not as a result of anyone’s coronary heart’s in it — however as a result of it’s the one possible choice that Wayne County had for the most cost effective sum of money to the taxpayers.”
Gilbert stated there was “no Plan B” if plans for proposal go south.
“It’s on the entrance to downtown and with Detroit rising and issues occurring we don’t need an eyesore sitting there unfinished,” Evans stated Friday. “Regardless of the remaining use of it seems to be it shouldn’t be an deserted, partially-completed jail.”