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Mike Ilitch School of Business Breaks Ground This Week

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Plus plans for a hotel, retail, medical center, and more

Wayne State University

We have another sign of work moving right along in the District Detroit. Wayne State University is hosting a groundbreaking for the Mike Ilitch School of Business, located at the corner of Woodward and Temple, this Wednesday.

The school will be located right by the new arena/events center and is slated to open in 2018 (the arena will open for the 2017 hockey season). The $40 million donation by the Ilitch family is the largest in the school’s history. $35 million will go to the building, while $5 million will go to an endowment fund.

Wayne State University
Wayne State University

Also on the District front, the Detroit Free Press reported last week about more additions to the District, including a high-end hotel (which could be where the visiting athletes stay), more retail strips, a Detroit Medical Center sports medicine building, a 1,000-car parking deck, and 11 townhouses.

  • The hotel would be located between the arena and the Fisher Freeway Service Drive.
  • The retail strips would go over I-75, on the overpass along Woodward.
  • A potential medical center would go between the School of Business and the arena.
  • The towhouses would be located on Clifford St.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more. Interested in the groundbreaking? It’s on Wednesday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the corner of Woodward and Temple.

Woodward Ave. & Temple St.

Woodward Ave & Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA