Once at risk of demolition, the historic bandshell at the former site of the Michigan State Fair in Detroit, USA will be moved to another location in the city.
The building’s preservation was announced at Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address. Before that, the building was set to be demolished to make way for a $400-million, 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon distribution centre.
The proposed new site for the bandshell is Palmer Park, about 2 miles south of the fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue.
Artists ranging from Alice Cooper, The Temptations and Bob Dylan have performed at the bandshell, according to TheConcertDatabase.com, and the destruction of the historic buildings was one of the main concerns neighbourhood residents had with the redevelopment of the fairgrounds.
The expansive grounds sat empty for four years, from 2009 when funding was pulled for the Michigan State Fair, until Meijer opened a store there in 2013. The grounds are split between the modern buildings that are a part of the shopping centre and the historic buildings from the era of the State Fair, including the Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum, the Dairy Cattle Building and the Agricultural Building, all built in the 1920s.
The fate of those buildings remains in limbo, but Duggan said that they would likely be demolished when he announced the Amazon deal in August.
Story courtesy Detroit Free Press – https://eu.freep.com