Approval given for Tiger Stadium redevelopment

The Economic Development Corp. tentatively approves plans for a youth field

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DETROIT - A preliminary agreement between Detroit PAL, Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy and the Economic Development Corporation of the city of Detroit has been reached to redevelop part of Tiger Stadium. 

Thomas W. Lin, chair of the OTSC said, "Our cooperation with Detroit PAL is historic and is the foundation for a tremendous development for the youth of Detroit and the future of the city."

According to the agreement, Detroit PAL's new headquarters as well as a youth baseball field will be built in the same area that many baseball legends played. 

"This time all the significant stakeholders agreed to get it right," said George W. Jackson, Jr., president and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, which is the lead agency for redeveloping the site on behalf of the city. "Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy had an idea to preserve the site's place in baseball's past, Detroit PAL works with young baseball players to give them a better future. Together they have the opportunity to create a very active place. With the mixed use development we also expect, this site will be significant in the continuing revitalization of Corktown."

The site is about 9.5 acres and shows the proposed new headquarters along Cochrane Street. The youth field will cover a lot of the same area as Tiger Field. 

Development partners have until the end of Sept. to provide a financial plan and other details for the project. 

The city of Detroit currently owns the city and has assigned redevelopment to the EDC.

Two additional areas along Michigan and Trumbull Avenues remain for residential, retail or commercial redevelopment. 

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