Historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center to be redeveloped
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.
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Source: Detroit Mayor’s press release