Big announcement coming on multi-million dollar hockey, entertainment development in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News found out that a big announcement will be made Friday afternoon and it's something that could make a big impact in Detroit.

We're hearing an announcement regarding the new hockey arena will come during a Downtown Development Authority meeting scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at the Guardian Building.  

We found a group of residents who live around the park making a list and checking it twice to make sure that the public tax dollars for the proposed new hockey arena will be spent real nice.

"We're trying to open up the process.  We're trying to make the process more transparent because it really hasn't been very," said Francis Grunow.  Grunow represents the Cass Park area around where the proposed entertainment district will be built.    

"We're talking about what the residents want and in this case it's a litany of things," said Grunow.

The group said since 58 percent of the arena is being funded by tax payers, residents should be able to get things out of the deal too, like job training programs, construction jobs, environmental considerations and more.

"That means more taxpayer tax dollars shifted away from our schools away from our public services and city services that we really need," said State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).  Rep. Tlaib has been hearing concerns from residents.

The group is bringing their wants and needs to Detroit City Council on the December 17, the same day council is expected to talk about how the project will benefit Detroit before they finalize legislation to approve the new arena and entertainment district.

"We want development in Detroit.  This area has suffered from decades of disinvestment (sic) but there are people here and there are businesses here.  And we want these people and these businesses to thrive and not be displaced," said Grunow.

7 Action News will be at the meeting Friday and we will bring you all the details in our newscasts and at WXYZ.com.

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