Historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center to be redeveloped

DETROIT — Detroiters soon will have the chance to dine in Joe Louis’s one-time training facility atop the same basketball court floor once played on by the Harlem Globetrotters.

Eight months after the historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center was scheduled for demolition, Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the iconic building will be preserved and see new life. A team of developers will spend nearly $50 million to redevelop the building into a multi-use facility with new businesses and community programming, as well as construct up to 150 new residential units.

One of the signature features of the redeveloped Recreation Center will be a new restaurant built on top of a basketball court floor still inside the building. The restaurant itself will celebrate Joe Louis and his history at the Recreation Center. It will incorporate elements of the iconic Joe Louis mural inside the building and the boxing ring in which he frequently trained.

Developers estimate the projects will create 500 jobs, more than 320 of them full-time. Once a development agreement with the city is finalized, developers will have 12 months to begin construction.

Image courtesy of Detroiturbex.com

Source: Detroit Mayor’s press release

 

 

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Delores Jackson

Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...