What Bankruptcy? Detroit Taxpayers to Fund New Red Wings Arena

by Greg Pollowitz

Via Crain’s Detroit Business:

The public will pay nearly 60 percent of the cost of the proposed $450 million Detroit Red Wingsarena in downtown Detroit under a plan disclosed Wednesday.

Property taxes would pay for $261.5 million (58 percent) of the building’s construction cost while the team’s ownership would provide $188.4 million (42 percent), according to details provided by the state.

Those are July 2013 dollars based on bonds with a 5.91 percent interest rate. 

Those are some of the details that emerged Wednesday during a presentation provided to theMichigan Strategic Fund board, which approved the sale of $450 million in 30-year tax-exempt private activity bonds for the project.

Olympia Development of Michigan gave the fund board data that showed a breakdown of the project’s costs.

Olympia, which will operate the arena under a 35-year concession agreement with Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, is the property development arm of Mike and Marian Ilitch’s $2 billion Detroit business empire that includes the Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and the Little Caesars pizza chain.

The hockey arena, which would be finished by 2017 and replace city-owned Joe Louis Arena, is part of a wider $650 million plan to create a 45-acre district that includes retail, residential, office and restaurant space on the venue site, located west of Woodward Avenue and I-75.

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