Detroit Moving Forward

November 24, 2015  |   Photos by Bill Bowen, The District Detroit

It’s a challenge to keep up with all of the good news projects coming out of Detroit. To make your life easier, here’s a quick update on a few of the big Detroit development projects!

An Even Better Hockey Arena

Work is progressing rapidly on The District Detroit, an ambitious development project to renovate 50 city blocks into a walkable sports and entertainment district. Notably, the first piece of structural steel was set in place in November of 2015 at the massive construction site for the new Detroit Red Wings arena, which will serve as the heart of The District when it opens in 2017.

Significant enhancements to arena plans were also announced recently. They include:

  • Fan experiences like enhanced video and sound capabilities, a “skin” on the outside of the arena bowl that can display video and graphics, and seating options such as gondola seating suspended over the event level. How cool is that?
  • Active community spaces including on-site practice ice, which can also be used for amateur hockey; an outdoor plaza featuring a massive video wall — along with more green spaces across the arena site — that will be regularly programmed with music and entertainment.
  • Operational improvements such as additional points of sale, best-in-class security systems and augmented load-in, load-out systems.

Follow construction progress via live web cam and on Instagram!

The QLINE is Here!

After 10 years of planning, Detroit’s new streetcar, the QLine, is now running — ushering in a new and much-anticipated era for the city’s growth. The 3.3-mile line runs on Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard, allowing users to visit all of the shops, restaurants and venues along the route without having to find a parking spot.

The streetcar is expected to drive more than $3 billion in economic development over 10 years. This includes 10,000 new housing units and 5 million square feet of new commercial space. In fact, nearly $1 billion in development is underway, with $60 million still being planned out.

Specifically, the QLine connects bustling areas like New Center and Midtown. Meaning, travelers have easy access to landmark establishments such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, Campus Martius Park and the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park.

Due to various grants, The QLINE will remain free to riders until Labor Day of 2017.