News@noon: National Theatre's fate; DMC update

The Detroit News

Today is August 31, 2016, and there is so much going on in Detroit development!

A Metro Detroit billionaire’s plan to build a new blocks-long residential development near the old Tiger Stadium site has taken the first steps to gain city permission to begin construction.

It’s one of two major developments planned near the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, which could bring at least 220 new residential units to the neighborhood in the next few years.

The building designed by Albert Kahn in Art Nouveau style opened in 1911 as a vaudeville house. Later it was a movie theater and then a burlesque house.  In the 1960s its name changed to the Palace and it showed adult films.

At the same time, one of Detroit's landmarks, the National Theatre, is getting the city's attention. The 105-year-old Albert Kahn-designed landmark sits at 118 Monroe in the middle of a forlorn stretch that officials hope to develop in the next few years. As for what exactly will happen to the building? It's not entirely clear.

Oh, and if you've ever dreamed of owning a restaurant, El Zocalo in Southwest Detroit is up for sale and needs a buyer.

Here's what else is making news today:

The investigation continues

Flash mobbing for Trump

  • “Flash mobs” popped up across the state Tuesday to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Bearing signs and banners, demonstrators gathered at 25 sites around the state for nearly two hours. About 10 of the flash mobs were in Metro Detroit.
  • July 30-Aug. 1 Detroit News-WDIV-TV poll of 600 likely voters showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a 9-percentage point lead over Trump.

Trump supporter Gene Yee of Bloomfield Twp., stands near the corner, Tuesday Aug. 30, 2016, during a Trump Flash Mob event on Telegraph and 12 Mile Road in Southfield. (Steve Perez/ The Detroit News)

After the spotlight

Being a Big Ten coach

  • By appearance and by plain fact, Big Ten football has gotten bigger (thanks, expansion) and better (check head-to-head performances, nationally). It has also become a less merciful place to coach. Here's Lynn Henning's take. 

Welcome, JaCoby Jones

  •  Baseball-wise, JaCoby Jones was prepared for his big-league debut Tuesday night. Heck, he’s dreamt about it since he was a little kid. But the huge ovation from crowd at Comerica Park, before he even stepped into the box for his first at-bat — that unnerved him a bit. Then, he pulled it together and delivered in a big way. 

Last chance to celebrate

Siblings JJ and Stella Starr watch a double rainbow in Oscoda in “Our Two Little Starrs” by Bethany Starr of Berkley.

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