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Local Business Playing A Part in Building The District Detroit

This summer Olympia Development of Michigan announced two incredible new developments will be built along Woodward Avenue in The District Detroit—the Little Caesars Global Resource Center and Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University—adding to 50 blocks of development underway between Downtown and Midtown.

Detroit resident Larry Brinker, Jr. is especially invested in seeing these projects begin construction and for the transformation that comes with the development in The District Detroit. His construction management firm, Detroit-based LS Brinker is working alongside the Christman Company to bring these new projects to life.

Brinker, 37, says the development of The District Detroit is not only a game changer for those that want to live, work and play near the action but also for the hardworking Detroit and Michigan residents who come here each day to build this remarkable new destination.

“When the project is complete it’s going to be a one-of-a-kind environment that will compete with any other district in the country,” said Brinker. “I live two blocks away. I’m looking forward to catching a concert, watching a Red Wings game and going shopping in The District Detroit.”

Work is set to begin soon—less than half a mile apart along Woodward Avenue—on the new 234,000 square foot, nine-story headquarters for the rapidly growing Little Caesars Pizza as well as the new Mike Ilitch School of Business, which will accommodate nearly 3,000 students in a newly-constructed, modern building adjacent to Little Caesars Arena.

“What Olympia Development and the Ilitch family are doing is phenomenal,” said Brinker. “Focusing on Michigan Made and Detroit Built is going to be a game changer for Detroit. The fact they have the confidence in the city it shows that there’s something special brewing in Detroit.”

The selection of a Detroit-based construction manager extends the ongoing Michigan Made, Detroit Built efforts taking place throughout The District Detroit. To date, more than $300 million in construction contracts have been awarded to Detroit businesses and more than $500 million to Michigan businesses as part of work on Little Caesars Arena and other projects throughout The District Detroit.

“This opportunity helps us build our business and it keeps Detroiters employed while also keeping the money spent by Olympia Development within Detroit and Michigan,” said Brinker. “It allows us to train new talent and create new careers for people that would not have been afforded to people without this project.”

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit will be made up of a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three professional sports venues – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature retail and residential developments, offices and hotels that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love. A Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, The District Detroit continues to transform lives by bringing jobs and opportunity to people and businesses across the city, region and state.

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