Joe Louis Arena demolition funding approved

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit River front will be looking  a lot different before long. Different without a Joe Louis Arena, that is.

The  Board of the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved the demolition of the long standing hockey venue.

The plan calls for up to $6 million in assistance as part of the Michigan Community Revitalization Program.

The hope on the part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is that new projects will pop up along the Detroit River where the arena now stands.

That shouldn't be too much of a problem considering it's prime real estate. This is an area that is among the most desirable that the city has to offer.

This demolition plays into the larger plan for a new hockey arena which is planned in the entertainment district just up Woodward.

This city is hoping to follow through on the demolition in late 2017.

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