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New development plans for old Tiger Stadium site at "The Corner"

Dec 16, 2014

Credit via Think Detroit PAL

DETROIT — A $33 million plan to build apartments and retail shops on the city-owned site of the old Tiger Stadium and a second proposal for a Detroit youth sports headquarters on the land are moving forward.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. board approved the plans Tuesday for the fabled corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

Bloomfield Hills-based Larson Realty Group wants to construct a 4-story building that includes retail space and 102 apartments in a project called The Corner. Two dozen town houses also are planned.

A separate $11 million plan involving the Detroit Police Athletic League calls for a headquarters for the nonprofit and preservation of the site's baseball diamond. The PAL plan won preliminary approval in July.

Land transfers for both plans have to be approved by the City Council.

Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers left for Comerica Park after the 1999 season. The last portion of the stadium was demolished in 2009, but people still use the field.

The Larson Realty Group plan would give 51 percent of the project's construction jobs to Detroit residents.

"We recognize the importance of diversity and local participation and we are proactively looking to expand opportunities for Detroit-based companies and individuals," developer Eric Larson said.

Larson says he wants to have financing in place by the end of 2015. Work on the site would start in 2016.