Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert, who’s made much of his fortune as the founder Quicken Loans, based in Detroit, is in the process of securing the rights to build a Major League Soccer Stadium for the city in Michigan.
Gilbert’s Rock Ventures LLC submitted a proposal to build up downtown Detroit with a $1 billion complex that would enhance the urban area, and include a soccer stadium.
In January a group led by Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores put in a formal bid to get a Major League Soccer expansion team in Detroit. Detroit is among 12 cities competing for four MLS expansion spots.
In essence, Gilbert wants to build the complex and stadium on a site where Detroit was planning on building a new jail, the Detroit Free Press reported. Construction on the jail stopped in 2013 on Gratiot
Until construction stopped in 2013, Detroit was building a new a jail on Gratiot Avenue, a site on which Gilbert would like to build a stadium and entertainment district.
In exchange for Wayne County giving him the Gratiot Avenue site and the $300 million the county planned to complete the jail, Gilbert has offered to build a new criminal justice system worth $420m about 1.5 miles away on East Forest Avenue.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the county, in all likelihood, will not accept Gilbert’s offer of a trade of jail site for soccer stadium, and that finishing up construction on the existing jail site would be the most financially responsible solution.
With lots of money floating around this project, expect Gilbert to do everything he can to bring a soccer team to Detroit.