Detroit City Council postpones vote on $60M Hudson site tax break a second time

The Detroit City Council agreed to postpone a vote on a tax break for the Hudson site project again Tuesday.

It's the second delay in the vote, which considers whether to give Billionaire Dan Gilbert's latest real estate project tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks from the city of Detroit. 

The city council postponed a vote on the tax break last week following complaints from residents about if it was the best decision for the city. Bedrock, the land developer overseeing the construction would receive more than $60 million in tax breaks over 10 years for the construction of the new Hudson building. 

It's expected to be completed in 2024. 

The second delay was agreed on after a brief discussion around 10 a.m. The council reportedly had technical difficulties with its Zoom. 

The 48-story building is expected to cost $1.4 billion in construction costs by the time it's completed. It would bring living and office space to the downtown area.

But some are wary of providing another massive break for a business that would benefit the downtown area while offering little relief for the city's surrounding neighborhoods. Resident pushback at last week's meeting prompted some city councilmembers to request a delay in the vote.

One city official who is in support of the tax break is Mayor Mike Duggan. 

"Two-thousand permanent jobs. Those 2,000 workers pay city income taxes. There's 7,500 construction jobs. Those jobs pay city income taxes and those taxes do go to the neighborhoods," he said. "The police, the fire, the parks and the like. We want this building to be built as large as possible or the long term viability of the city." 

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Gilbert has had his hands in both downtown real estate development and financing neighborhood projects to bolster investment outside the city center.