DTE plans public park for west side of downtown

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

DTE Energy plans to break ground later this summer on a 1.5-acre public park on the west side of downtown Detroit.

The Detroit-based utility said it’s investing about $5 million in the yet-to-be-named park, which will feature a 50-seat restaurant, public restrooms, entertainment space for concerts and room for food trucks. The park will be built on DTE-owned land bordered by Grand River, First and Plaza.

“We’re designing the park to be an anchor for the west end of downtown Detroit,” said spokesman Scott Simons. “We want it to be a catalyst for redevelopment and revival on this part of the city.”

DTE expects to break ground by the end of the summer and to be mostly through with construction by the end of 2015. The restaurant building, which will include rooftop seating and tents for expanded seating, will be finished sometime in 2016, Simons said.

The park will include free high-speed Wi-Fi, along with space for open food markets and vendors. DTE will launch a crowd-sourcing initiative to name the park later this year.

“It will be a great place for employees, visitors and residents,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”

Simons said the park is an extension of DTE’s commitment to investing in Detroit. The utility has previously purchased and rehabbed an old Salvation Army building at Third and Bagley and now employs about 100 information technology workers there. It has also added safety patrols and surveillance cameras to the area around its property.


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