With a big decision on the horizon — a vote on the proposed demolition of the Park Avenue Hotel, which Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) claims is “in the way” of the new hockey arena — the Mayor’s office has been making some changes to the Historic District Commission. Two commissioners have recently been removed, and one replaced, because of what the Mayor’s office has called a “systematic audit” of mayoral appointees and appointed commissions. But the convenient timing has made us question whether the Mayor’s office may be trying to affect the outcome of the HDC’s decision on the fate of the Park Avenue Hotel. If so, this is a short-sighted way to handle Detroit’s historic assets. The city’s historic district commission provides the ONLY legal protection for our historic buildings and neighborhoods. To protect the ...

Latest Tweets