Written by By H. Sawyer, Cnn
Michigan Made is developing an arts and entertainment complex along Detroit’s Twelve Mile Road in the heart of the city.
The investment will bring concert halls, a rooftop garden, and a 250-seat recital hall to Twelve Mile Boulevard, a once-thriving area where early 21st century enterprises including Chevrolet, Ford and General Motors have left a legacy of trash dumps and abandoned buildings.
“You don’t see much in the way of economic development but a lot of abandoned buildings,” said Seth A. Salcido, president and CEO of Michigan Made.
He said Michigan Made is reinvesting $23 million to rehabilitate the nearly 60-acre property. The arts complex will be bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, East Twelve Mile Road, and the Grand River, a park that runs through the area. The facility will also contain public facilities and affordable housing.
“The arts have a role in bolstering education, creating jobs and revitalizing the community,” Salcido said.
The museum. The market. The restaurants. The education center. It’s more like an urban village. pic.twitter.com/OLQI3Wtp5g — h and i and /o/] michigan made (@michiganmade) April 14, 2018
Michigan Made acquired the property from Bill Ford and his late wife, Betsy, in 2010. Ford Family Foundation CEO Howard Schultz is also an investor in the new venture. Schultz is also a donor and board member at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Pistons, and was a CEO of Delta Air Lines and former chairman of Toys R Us.
Ford has been in Detroit for 67 years and is widely credited for launching the renaissance of the city. After the couple’s death, the property was known as the Ford Museum and Ford Field.