Detroit City Council delays Red Wings arena vote, again

 

The Detroit City Council was planning to talk Tuesday about the new Red Wings Arena project. 

On a day that many thought the Detroit City Council would approve the new Red Wings arena near Comerica Park and Ford Field, opposition to the plan took the floor and the city decided to wait for a vote.

The vote has been moved to Monday, April 13.

The problem is that two hotels currently sit on the land that is the proposed location for the new arena. 

One is the Hotel Eddystone the other is Harbor Lights. Hotel Eddystone will stay and will become 80 to 100 new apartments. 

The light at Harbor Lights may be switched off for good, if the plan is approved. That's the sticking point for John Lauve who is opposed to the plan.

"How would you like to have a condo across the street from this nightmare," Fauve said. "And then you have a snowstorm in the middle of winter and you're going to go down Woodward to leave town? Forget it."

Councilman George Cushingberry said the delay is only a technicality.

"I don't want to to put any more pressure on the people that are making such a big investment in our city," said Cushingberry adding that the project still has his support.

Councilman Gabe Leland agreed and said this plan will bring jobs and housing to the city.

"This new entertainment district is going to bring new neighborhoods and with that is going to be a housing development," he said. "Which I'm excited about."


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