A group that includes longtime Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell has come up with a development plan for the neighborhood to convert the ballpark into a mixed-use complex that includes shops, lofts, a museum and a 10,000-seat baseball diamond.
The Detroit News said the plan is to meet with Wall Street to come up with the $20 million needed to finance the project. To give the process some time, Harwell met Monday with Mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick to say the group has commitments from the public for $300,000 that will pay the maintenance costs on the edifice for a year.
While the involvement of Harwell may lend some sex appeal to this plan, the lack of any apparent involvement of a bona fide real estate developer leads me to believe that this is a pipe dream.
Let the place die with dignity, folks.