Ilitch Holdings has rolled out plans for a $600 million mixed-use sports and entertainment development in Detroit known as the District. Anchoring the project will be a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings, owned by Ilitch Holdings chairman Mike Ilitch. Ilitch hired architect Alan Mountjoy, principal of NBBJ, and the architecture firm HKS to create “Detroit-fueled design.” The developer will officially introduce the design and architecture team in a few weeks.
“Our vision for the new arena is for a one-of-a-kind facility that fits in with its neighborhood, that is authentic to our Detroit roots, and offers an unmatched fan experience,” Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement. “We will build a revolutionary venue for hockey, music, entertainment, and community events, and at the same time, a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood surrounding it.”
The organization also will develop dozens of underutilized blocks into five neighborhoods concurrently with arena construction. Public infrastructure improvements will include lighting, sidewalks, green spaces, and streets. The arena is expected to open in 2017.
“It’s always been my dream to see a vibrant and energized downtown Detroit,” Mike Ilitch said. “I want people to look at Detroit’s new sports and entertainment district and see what I see: the potential for something very special.”