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DETROIT-The New Center Council Inc., WSU, Henry Ford Health System and other developers have plans develop a tech park. The Detroit planning commission has held a public hearing on rezoning the property bounded by I-94, Woodward Avenue and the Ford Freeway for the mixed-use New Amsterdam project and the Wayne State University Technology Park.

The first phase would consist of 140,000 sf of research, development and office space in the former Chevrolet Creative Studies building at 440 Burroughs Street. The building was donated to WSU by the General Motors Corp.

A 600-car parking structure will be built nearby, with space for retailreserved on the ground floor. The two projects total $18 million.

The New Center Council Development Corp., the Farbman Group and Crosswinds Communities are building the New Amsterdam project. The first phase is a $15-million renovation of buildings into 100 residential loft units.

Construction is scheduled for this year.

Another major initiative is the development of a 50,000-sf Detroit NewCenter Amtrak Station and Intermodal Complex. The state has authorized $11 million for the project.

The rezoning is from various residential, commercial and industrial uses to SD2, a special development district, that allows for a mix of office, commercial, residential and institutional uses. Other nearby businesses have also asked for extensions of their zoning for possible expansion.

Petitioners requested rezoning to eliminate new industrial uses for thearea. A few current industrial businesses in the area would still be allowed to operate, but would be prevented from expanding.

One industrial business expressed opposition to the rezoning. Otherresidents in the area told commissioners they would like the area rezoned.

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