Detroit City Council approves rezoning for new hockey arena

A rendering provided by the Olympia Development of Michigan, shows the proposed entertainment district that includes a new 18,000-seat hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings. (AP Photo/Olympia Development of Michigan)

DETROIT (AP) — City officials have approved rezoning property for a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena just north of downtown.

Councilmembers voted 8-0 Tuesday on the request by Olympia Development of Michigan. The rezoning vote had been delayed a number of times.

A 90-year-old vacant hotel will be demolished as part of the plans for the new arena. Another building will be rehabbed and converted into apartments.

The 20,000-seat, $450 million hockey arena is expected to open in 2017. It will be the anchor for a 45-block entertainment district.

The project is expected to create jobs and stimulate growth between downtown and Detroit’s Midtown.

Olympia Development is owned by Red Wings’ owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. The team now plays at the riverfront Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979.

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