News Stories from The District Detroit.


Detroit Students Learn More About Construction at Career Days

Nearly 500 students from Detroit were invited to learn more about the construction industry at the annual Michigan Construction Career Days recently. Olympia Development of Michigan was a proud sponsor of the event at the Operating Engineers 324 Training and Education Center in Howell, Mich. on May 5 and 6.

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Practice (Ice) Makes Perfect for Little Caesars Youth Hockey at New Arena

Organizers of the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club and Amateur Hockey League recently had a chance to tour the underground practice ice facility inside Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit.

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‘Hockey – The Musical!’ Debuts at City Theatre

It’s a great time to catch a concert, a comedy show or a hilarious new musical at one of several amazing venues located in The District Detroit. And this week marks the opening of the exciting new show, “Hockey – The Musical!” written by noted author, radio host and playwright Mitch Albom.

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History in the Making at Little Caesars Arena

Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings invite fans to be part of Detroit history by donating or loaning items that are part of Detroit hockey, music and entertainment heritage, which will be displayed at Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Red Wings.

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The District Detroit Featured in Shopping Industry Blog

International Council of Shopping Centers, the largest global trade association of the shopping center industry, featured The District Detroit and Detroit’s comeback story in the Center of Shopping blog this week.

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Detroit Tigers Come Home This Weekend

It’s been one month since the Detroit Tigers’ first home game and as they head into a home stand against the Texas Rangers this weekend we’re looking back at the Opening Day festivities in The District Detroit. Fans came out to watch the Tigers beat the New York Yankees and to take part in all the exciting activities around Comerica Park.

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Announcing Little Caesars Arena

Olympia Entertainment and Little Caesars today announced a naming rights partnership establishing Little Caesars Arena as the name of Detroit’s new, 20,000+ seat downtown arena. The new Little Caesars Arena will serve as home of the Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and countless other sports, entertainment and community events.

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SPOTLIGHT: John Perkins, Apprentice

John Perkins insists that the work he’s doing on the Detroit Events Center is more than a job—it’s a way to thank his father for teaching him the value of hard work. Perkins, a 22-year-old Detroit resident, has helped build the nearly 40-foot tall foundation wall around the arena as a carpenter’s apprentice since the project began last year.

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SPOTLIGHT: Rodney Hardy, Moving Closer to the Action

Rodney Hardy is a familiar face to many who frequent Da Edoardo’s Foxtown Grille before a game at Comerica Park or a show at the Fox Theatre. He’s worked in the restaurant for more than 13 years. He’s a waiter, a cook, a bartender, a deliveryman and he’s one of those guys that you can talk to for an hour on just about any subject.

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See What’s Happening this Spring in The District Detroit

Spring is a great time to catch a concert, a comedy show or even an acrobatic circus at one of several amazing venues located in The District Detroit, like the Fox Theatre. Here are just a few of the upcoming events being held this spring.

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SPOTLIGHT: Synnia Snead, Electrician

For Synnia Snead, the Detroit Events Center is one of the most exciting and important projects that she’s worked on in her nearly 20-year career as an electrician. Snead is one of 35 electricians working on The District Detroit arena project for Detroit-based Motor City Electric, which has been located in the city for more than 60 years.

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Red Wings Underground Practice Ice Taking Shape

It may be getting warmer outside but we’re planning for ice inside the Detroit Events Center—specifically the new practice ice. Ironworkers began construction of the new Detroit Red Wings underground practice ice facility roof this week with the placement of structural steel in the southwest corner of the arena.

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Guide Dog Apprentice Learns the Ropes on one of the Coolest Projects in the City

The Detroit Events Center construction site is a unique place full of trucks and cranes that are in constant motion—one new apprentice is learning the ropes and at the same time putting smiles on the faces of construction workers from all over the jobsite.

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Detroit General Contractor Makes an Impact on Their Hometown

Donovan White is grateful for a chance to give back to his hometown. White, 36, is the deputy operations manager of Detroit-based White Construction—one third of Barton Malow-Hunt and White, the general contractor of the Detroit Events Center.

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Nearly 500 Attend Detroit Career Outreach Fair

Olympia Development of Michigan was proud to participate in a career outreach fair last weekend, organized by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and held at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees headquarters in Downtown Detroit. The event drew close to 500 Detroit residents.

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Raise the Roof Fans: the First Roof Truss is Up

For fans of hockey, music and more—this week brought super news for those looking forward to the Detroit Events Center opening. The arena’s roof began to take shape with the first super truss going into place on the building’s Woodward-facing side.

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Installation of Precast Concrete Seating Area Begins

Arena seats will be bolted down to it and fans will stand and cheer on it but only a few will ever notice the concrete under their feet at the new Detroit Events Center. This isn’t just any concrete though. Seats will be bolted down to rows of concrete manufactured by some of Metro Detroit’s finest skilled labor.

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Incredible Progress Made on the New Home of the Detroit Red Wings

It’s been an amazing year of progress in The District Detroit. The new home of the Detroit Red Wings is continuing to come to life as steel and concrete rapidly grow out of the ground and the arena’s intimate and intimidating design takes shape on schedule for a September 2017 completion.

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SPOTLIGHT: Alejandro Gutiérrez, Apprentice

Growing up in southwest Detroit, 20-year-old Alejandro Gutiérrez aspired to work in the construction field but had no idea that his path would lead him to such an exciting project. After completing a vocational-technical program offered at Western International High School where he attended school, Gutiérrez signed up to become a crane operator’s apprentice.

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Comerica Bank Reaffirms Commitment to Michigan and Detroit as third Landmark Partner for New Red Wings Arena

Olympia Entertainment is proud to announce Comerica Bank as the third Landmark Partner at the new arena. In addition to several other partnership elements, Comerica will be the sole sponsor of the much anticipated Players Club, a 250-person premium area located on the event level between the Red Wings locker room and the ice.

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Detroit-based Tooles Contracting Group Sets Concrete Foundation

Damon Tooles sees possibility in the Detroit Events Center—not just for his construction company but for the men and women working on the jobsite every day. He’s the CEO of Detroit-based Tooles Contracting Group, which is completing work on the arena’s concrete foundation and floor slabs.

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SPOTLIGHT: Andre Hardy, Apprentice

After a few years of working in an office, Detroit resident Andre Hardy decided he wanted to change careers. So, he enrolled as an electrician’s apprentice. Now in his fifth year, Hardy is working with Motor City Electric, a Detroit-based electrical contractor with a 60-year history in the city, on the new home of the Detroit Red Wings where he works on power and lighting.

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Arena Takes Shape as Roof Construction Nears

The view does not disappoint from the steel skeleton of the Detroit Events Center’s upper concourse. And soon the arena will begin to look much more like a home for Detroit Red Wings hockey.

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New Retail, Office Space Developments Announced for Woodward Square Neighborhood

We’re announcing details for restaurant, shopping, and office space developments in The District Detroit’s Woodward Square neighborhood surrounding the new home of the Detroit Red Wings.

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New Contracts Bring Total to Nearly $200 Million for Detroit Businesses

The District Detroit is already making a huge impact on the local economy. To date, nearly $200 million in contracts have been awarded to Detroit-based or –headquartered businesses.

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SPOTLIGHT: Sean Hollister, Construction Manager

Sean Hollister started out big in Detroit. And he hasn’t slowed down in nearly 20 years leading high-profile construction projects in the city.

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2016 Another Year of Progress in the District Detroit

Last year brought an impressive demonstration of progress in The District Detroit, with steel and concrete now rising above Woodward Avenue as the new Detroit Events Center begins to take shape.

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Ilitches Named "Newsmakers of the Year" by Crain's Detroit Business

Mike and Christopher Ilitch have been named top “Newsmakers of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business. They are being recognized “for their work building The District Detroit, which will be anchored by the new Red Wings arena, and for funding the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University,” according to the publication.

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Detroit and Michigan Companies Awarded $52 Million in New Contracts

Rapid progress on our construction site is providing great opportunities to Detroit and Michigan companies. 65 percent of our contracts have been awarded to Detroit companies and an even larger amount, 95 percent, have been awarded to Michigan companies.

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Meijer and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Sign on as First Landmark Partners for New Detroit Events Center

As construction moves forward on the site of the new Detroit Events Center, Olympia Entertainment today announced that Meijer and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are its first two official Landmark-level partners, the highest level of commitment.

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Neighborhood Advisory Committee Members Tour Construction Site

Members of the Detroit City Council-appointed Neighborhood Advisory Committee were invited to the Detroit Events Center construction site last week for an exclusive on-site look at the progress being made there.

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Health and Safety Day a Success at Detroit Events Center Construction Site

A series of special events emphasizing the importance of health and safety were held recently at the new Detroit Events Center construction site.

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Olympia Entertainment Announces Fan and Community Enhancements to New Detroit Arena

As construction moves forward on the site of the new Detroit Events Center, Olympia Entertainment today announced plans for significant fan and community enhancements to the facility.

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Detroit-based Company Places First Pieces of Steel Structure for New Detroit Arena as Rapid Progress Continues

The biggest development project in the region is taking another step forward as the first piece of structural steel was set in place. The 41-foot, 4-inch I-beam is part of a $50 million contract awarded to Detroit-based Midwest Steel for more than 9,500 tons of steel.

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Mike and Marian Ilitch Gift $40M Plus Use of Land to Wayne State University

Wayne State University is receiving a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch to build a new, state-of-the-art business school facility in Detroit. The gift, pending Board of Governors approval today, is the largest in the history of the university and ranks as one of the top ten gifts ever to a public business school in the United States.

In recognition of the Ilitches’ generosity, the school will be named the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The new building will be located on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Temple Street, extending the footprint of Wayne State’s campus south into The District Detroit.

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Michigan-born Red Wings visit new Detroit Events Center construction site.

Five Michigan-born Red Wings recently had the chance to visit the new Detroit Events Center construction site.

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Renovated Fox Theatre Marquee Shines Brightly within The District Detroit

The Fox Theatre marquee is a beloved icon in the city of Detroit and an important symbol of the Ilitch companies' ongoing commitment to our hometown. The Ilitches purchased the theatre in 1987, restored it to its original grandeur, then relocated their company headquarters to the building in 1989.

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Detroit Businesses Earn $13 Million in New Contracts for New Detroit Events Center

Detroit-based and -headquartered businesses will earn more than $13 million from three new contracts for the new Detroit Events Center. The contracts total more than $25 million.

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Hundreds Attend Outreach Events for New Arena Contracts

Hundreds of representatives from Detroit-based and –headquartered companies attended an outreach event August 25, 2015 at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel. The event was designed to help Detroit companies get involved with the new Detroit Events Center development.

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Contractor Outreach Event August 25 on Wide Range of Offerings

Information on dozens of new Detroit Events Center contracts will be available a contractor outreach event August 25, 2015 at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Contracts available are wide ranging and including floors, ceilings, appliances, metal work, landscaping, signage and wayfinding, and much more.

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Visual and Experiential Elements will Engage Fans and the Community

A dramatic arena bowl will bring fans into the game. While the first of its kind Via atrium will bring traditional outdoor street experiences inside in a bold way.

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Olympia Development and Woodside Bible Church Jointly Adopt Detroit’s Historic Cass Park

Olympia Development of Michigan and Woodside Bible Church have partnered to adopt Detroit’s historic Cass Park through the city’s standard Adopt-a-Park program. Woodside Detroit has adopted the park in previous years, and Olympia is increasing community investment in the area surrounding the new Detroit Events Center now under construction.

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New District Preview Center Helps Drive Investment in Detroit

A state-of-the-art preview center will help tell the District Detroit story to a wide variety of potential sponsors and investors. The Preview Center features three dimensional-printed scaled animated models of The District Detroit and the new arena to provide a fully immersive experience of the transformative project.

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Foundation Work Begins on New Detroit Arena

Building of the foundation piers of the new arena will begin this week as impressive progress is made on the site of the new Red Wings arena at Woodward and Sproat.

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New Contract Awards Announced for New Detroit Events Center

At the recommendation of Olympia Development of Michigan, the Detroit Downtown Development Authority has approved new multi-million dollar contracts for future work on the new Detroit Events Center, future home of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Building and Preserving Detroit History for More Than 50 Years

You can find Detroit’s history in the faces of its people, in their incredible production over a century as the heart of industrial America and in the structures we have created throughout our progress. History is our story – Detroiters’ stories – about where we have been and the next destination in our journey together as a great city.

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Events Center Big Dig Hits Halfway Mark

In just six short weeks since mass excavation began on the new Detroit Events Center site, crews have removed more than 225,000 cubic yards of soil to make way for the centerpiece of The District Detroit’s Woodward Square neighborhood. The new arena will be home to the Detroit Red Wings, other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions. Crews working on site are nearly half of the way to removing an estimated 480,000 cubic yards of dirt for the Events Center bowl.

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Cass Tech Student Interns Welcomed to the Ilitch Companies

The 24 student interns selected to participate in the Ilitch Companies/Cass Tech internship program were officially welcomed on field by Christopher Ilitch during the Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs pre-game ceremony on June 9. Cass Tech Principal Lisa Phillips threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Cass Tech student Karly Render gave a crowd cheering rendition of the National Anthem.

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Detroit-Headquartered Business Wins $50 Million Contract

A $50 million contract comprising most of the structural steel work for the new Detroit Events Center has been awarded to Midwest Steel, a Detroit-headquartered business.

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Ilitch Organization Achieves Zoning Approval for New Detroit Events Center

Detroit City Council members have approved a zoning application for the new Detroit Events Center, new residential, office and retail space, and a community greenspace and a piazza.

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Our Vision for Affordable Housing and Plan for Renovation of Eddystone Hotel

Strategy will establish 20 percent affordable housing goal throughout The District Detroit and preserve Louis Kamper designed, 13-story Eddystone Hotel

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Detroit Businesses Win Majority of Contract Awards for New Detroit Events Center

Detroit Businesses Participation Far Exceeds Targeted Goal; Reaffirms Ilitch Commitment to Michigan Made, Detroit Built Events Center and District

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The District Detroit Outreach to Detroit and State-Wide Contractors in Full Swing

The District Detroit has a comprehensive business participation plan to ensure that Detroit businesses benefit from construction opportunities with the new Detroit Events Center.

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The District Detroit: Six Job Fairs in 60 Days

The District Detroit is inviting Detroiters seeking construction and construction-related career opportunities to a series of six District Detroit job fairs being held over the next 60 days.

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Little Caesars Pizza Doubles Down on Detroit.

To support its rapidly growing, global business, Little Caesars is building a brand-new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size. It is Detroit’s first newly constructed corporate headquarters building in more than a decade and only the seventh since 1950.

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Detroit Residents Participate in District Detroit Career Opportunity Expo.

3,500 Detroit residents attended the recent Career Opportunity Expo at Cobo Center to prepare for the construction and construction-related job opportunities that will come with the building of the new arena and surrounding Sports and Entertainment District that will connect Downtown to Midtown. Olympia Development of Michigan, in partnership with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) and the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, sponsored the Expo. 

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Slow Roll bicyclists meet The District Detroit.

Hundreds of bicyclists gathered Oct. 6 to get to know The District Detroit, the 50-block Sports and Entertainment District surrounding a new Detroit Red Wings arena.

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District Detroit Holds Jobs Expo for City Residents.

City, community and union partners will work alongside Olympia Development to help prepare residents for these opportunities at The District Detroit Resident Career Opportunity Expo from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Cobo Center.

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The District Detroit will create a more walkable city.

Experts say projects like The District Detroit will separate the visionary cities of the 21st century from those stuck in the past.

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A Monumental Day: The District Detroit begins.

Hundreds gathered near Woodward and Sibley to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Detroit Red Wings arena and the larger development that will surround it.

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District neighborhoods are key to making Detroit vibrant again.

The new state-of-the-art hockey arena at the center of The District Detroit is just one part of the sweeping, long-range vision surrounding the ice arena and community events center the Detroit Red Wings will soon call home. The new 50-block sports and entertainment district will connect downtown Detroit with Midtown to create one contiguous walkable, livable experience.

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Thousands of jobs for Detroit residents as The District Detroit becomes reality.

Olympia Development of Michigan’s planned sports and entertainment district, The District Detroit, is a sweeping transformation of neighborhoods between Downtown and Midtown, that will create 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.

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New District will help transform Detroit’s economic future.

The District Detroit will connect the city to the suburbs and the city’s progressively vibrant arts center to its increasingly robust business center.

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Ilitch Organization Shares Bold Vision for Building World-class, Mixed-use Sports And Entertainment District In Detroit

Olympia Development of Michigan announces plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District.

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