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.