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DETROIT-A new plan to redevelop the 89-year-old Tiger Stadium into a $200-million mixed-use multifamily and retail project will be unveiled today, according to Detroit planning department officials. Sylvia Crawford, a city spokeswoman, says a developer she declines to name has made a commitment to produce its plan Friday.

Her department is overseeing the reuse of the stadium, vacant now that the Tigers are playing at the new Comerica Park a few blocks away in Downtown.

“They have the capacity to carry the plan through. They’ve demonstrated the ability to secure $200 million,” Crawford tells GlobeSt.com.

She says the project has nothing to do with a recent proposal by Michigan and Trumbell LLC, run by president Peter Comstock Riley. The company has presented a plan to the city council to lease out the field for a minor-league baseball team. The lease would be for $120,000, and a $1-cut from each ticket sold.

That project is still just a proposal, Crawford says. Her department will continue to try to find a reuse for the stadium until the council says otherwise. If Riley’s company is successful, then her department will back off and the city’s civic center department, which oversees management of city entertainment venues, would take over, she explains.

While the council has heard Riley’s idea, no action has been taken. Friday’sredevelopment plan will also turn some heads, Crawford predicts.

“We’re hoping to give the new plan a good look over by the time the media gets ahold of it,” she says.

While there have been many proposals tossed around to redevelop the stadium into a mixed use residential/retail complex, the city has now received figures for demolition of the stadium if no satisfactory reuse plan is adopted. Crawford says estimates to tear down the park are between $2 million to $6 million.

“Demolition has always been an option. We can’t just let the building sit and become dilapidated,” she says.

Soon after the park closed for good in September 1999, the city put out a request for proposals for the majority of the stadium to be converted into loft apartments, condominiums and retail space, with approximately 8,000 seats remaining.

The plans included recreation centers, a swimming pool and ice skating rinks.

However, every plan that has come in hasn’t cut the bill, Crawford tells GlobeSt.com.

“There just hasn’t been a proposal that has demonstrated a capacity to do a development that would be consistent with the needs of the community,” she says.

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