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Mid-Michigan residents react to new plans for downtown Detroit

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (07/20/14) - It's a fresh new vibe coming to downtown Detroit.

Olympia Development of Michigan - owned by the Illitch family - plans to transform a dozen blocks in the downtown "district." The vision was released Sunday.

Plans show downtown will be divided into five-areas with individual themes. The first is Columbia Street near the Fox Theatre and the Fillmore. This area will be for entertainment and fine dining.

Next is Wildcat Corner, home of Comerica Park and Ford Field. That will remain an athletic experience.

There will also be Cass Park Village and Columbia Park. Both will have new residential areas.

The fifth and final district will include the new home of the Red Wings. It doesn't have a name yet.

ABC12 showed the plans to people in Mid-Michigan and they were hopeful for the new developments.

"You can have a city more suited for walking around and enjoying. Being able to shop, being able to dine, being able to go to a sporting event, being able to go to a concert, all in the same little radius, so it's very fitting for a city," said Joshua Kaminski.

"I love the Detroit area. I love the city feel, but sometimes I feel it's a dangerous area, but if there was more to do, obviously we'd stay down there and look at what was around," said Shelby Jones.
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