The battle to preserve the Park Avenue and Eddystone hotels rages on. Designated historic buildings on the national and (more importantly) local level, the towers are yards from the future hockey arena's footprint.
Last night, preservationists and developers filled the city council's chambers (and outside hallway) in what was expected to be a strong opportunity to ask the ever-secretive Ilitch Organization what it intends to do with the hotels. But that never happened.
Just two of Detroit's City Council members bothered showing up. Without a quorum, City Council was unable to ask questions or take action, though many preservationists still used the opportunity to support saving the buildings. The next hearing is scheduled for this Tuesday at 9am. Get up to speed with Preservation Detroit's primer, linked to below.
· What's Happening With the Park Avenue and Eddystone Hotels? [Preservation Detroit]
· Are the Eddystone and Park Avenue Hotels Doomed? [Curbed]
· City urged to help save historic buildings near arena [Det News]