This time all the significant stakeholders agreed to redevelop the historic site of Tiger Stadium the right way. 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. Detroit PAL and Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy (OTSC) put their ideas together, and the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit has given the partnership preliminary approval to proceed.
In the plan, Detroit PAL will build a new headquarters next to a youth baseball field in the same area as many legendary baseball stars played. Two additional areas along Michigan and Trumbull Avenues remain in reserve for residential, retail or commercial redevelopment. With that mixed use development, the site will be significant in the continuing revitalization of Corktown. Thomas W. Linn, 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.” The site itself is about 9.5 acres in size and the plan shows the proposed new headquarters for Detroit PAL along Cochrane St., while the youth field would cover much of the same footprint as the former Tiger Field.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) approved by the EDC also provides conditional rights for Detroit PAL and OTSC to develop the area along the Fisher Freeway Service Drive between Cochrane and Trumbull. Under the terms of the MOU, the development partners have until the end of September to provide a financial plan and other details for the project. OTSC controls a $3 million federal earmark that can be tapped for redevelopment of the site to support youth recreation. The City of Detroit owns the property currently and has assigned the responsibility of redeveloping it to the EDC.
George W. Jackson, Jr.