The revitalization that’s happening in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood just picked up a little more steam. Local businessman Anthony Soave recently announced plans for a major retail and residential development in the area of the old Tiger Stadium site.
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Metro Detroit businessman Anthony Soave plans to build a blocks-long retail and residential development near the old Tiger Stadium site.
The broad outline of the potential development, which is a work in progress, was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Soave. Others familiar with the plans said it’s expected to include hundreds of residential units and additional retail. It could include the conversion of the Checker Cab building at 2128 Trumbull into residential lofts, according to several people who have seen preliminary designs. A separate multistory residential building could be constructed behind the cab building.
The plan is expected to be formally announced early next year, possibly in January.
“The timing is a little premature” to discuss the project, Soave’s spokeswoman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, said Thursday. She emailed a one sentence response when asked about the potential development. “Mr. Soave is looking forward to strengthening and enhancing his investment in the city of Detroit and helping contribute to what is already a booming Corktown success story.”
The plans have Corktown businesses and residents buzzing.
Many expect it to mark the next phase of new housing developments that will sustain the red-hot growth of Corktown’s Michigan Avenue, which has evolved into a dense, popular strip of restaurants, bars and shops west of downtown.
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