DETROIT - What the Ilitch family is looking at building is ambitious and expensive, very expensive.
It will require $450 million in taxpayer funds to build not just a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings, but an entire district in a vacant, rundown area. It also requires a land transfer from Detroit City Council.
Council's vote happens Tuesday morning.
"This is not the be-all, end-all. This is an opportunity for us as Council to create a platform that can create jobs, both construction and post-construction," said Councilman Gabe Leland.
It has been a contentious process so far with concerns about costs, about jobs for Detroiters and other incentives for the city. After a lot of discussion, on Tuesday City Council will vote on giving the project the needed land to go ahead.
New Councilman Leland says it's going to be tight.
"This is not the perfect deal but I'm excited about the opportunity and I see this going through tomorrow," he said.
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