Detroit council delays Red Wings arena vote until they can read the actual lease

The Detroit city council was set to vote yesterday on the only thing it gets to vote on regarding the proposed $650 million Red Wings arena-and-other-development project (public cost: around $261 million), the expansion of the TIF district that will kick back property taxes to help pay for it, but instead postponed the vote until December 17. The reason: Councilmembers still haven’t seen details of the new arena’s concessions agreement, including whether local businesses will be hired and who’ll pay for increased police costs, a complaint that the council first raised back in September. The agreement will supposedly be ready in a couple of weeks, but at least some local elected officials aren’t down with buying a pig in a poke.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reveals that council staff say the arena deal will cost the city an estimated $45 million, which goes against the team’s (and governor’s) claim that this is all tax money that the state doesn’t let the city see anyway, so quit yer yapping. There are no other details of this in the news media, and doesn’t appear to be anything on the council’s website, either; if I can find out anything else, I’ll post an update here.


6 comments on “Detroit council delays Red Wings arena vote until they can read the actual lease

  1. It’s so nice that the state of Michigan will allow Detroit to spend money on projects that primarily benefit suburbanites instead of, you know, the vast majority of actual city residents. Most stadium deals stink to high heaven as it is, but in the context of the city’s bankruptcy, this one seems especially egregious to me.

  2. This project is exactly what Detroit needs. Thousands of jobs without any Detroit tax dollars and a state of the art mixed-use events center where an old, dilapidated building and acres of vacant land once sat. Mr. Illitch should be praised for his efforts in making Detroit a better place.

    This project will help return Detroit to a national powerhouse and set a model for all other major cities and sports franchises to follow.

  3. Disregard that last comment! It’s gone now. Previously all the articles were listed by headlines (you had to click to expand them), and then you had to expand the comments to see them. Looks okay now.

  4. That might’ve been what happened. I don’t use mobile for surfing, so it’s hard to say (still using the archaic desktop).