by Jeff Stokes on 12/04/16 at 4:50 pm
Brothers, as you may have gotten wind of (banging of hammers in the air perhaps…), there is a new arena being built for the Detroit Red Wings within shouting distance away from our Temple.
Due for completion in 2017 this new arena is part of a new urban planning redevelopment for dozens of blocks surrounding the construction area. This new area has been given a name.
Welcome to The District Detroit, and we are a part of it.
The District Detroit will be 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations. It will be home to the young and the young at heart, families, new residents and long-time residents who want to be where the action is. The District will connect Downtown and Midtown into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love.
The district, which will compliment the Q-Line, will stretch from Comerica Park to Motor City Casino creating a campus of activity and nightlife around it through the multiple entertainment and restaurant venues in the vicinity.
The Detroit Lodge No2. website has been reporting on the developments in this area as they have become confirmed as fact over the years.
Not only does the Detroit Masonic Temple stand in a unique and advantageous position of being centrally located within this new entertainment campus, our Lodge stands in a unique position of reaping the benefits of this new development as well.
What influence and impact will we have in the area? How will the new area impact us? There are perhaps several ways and not just in terms of membership but also in terms of neighborhood or regional visibility. No other Lodge in this state, or nation for that matter, is poised in the center of such an exciting development. We can now arguably state, beyond long tired pep talks and lip service, that not only is this area experiencing a renaissance but the city of Detroit is as well.
The Cass Corridor has already been undergoing a transformation to the positive end of the spectrum for years. This hasn’t been so much due to city planning however and has been entirely due to the stepping up of the community and business leaders. We also now enjoy the Marche du Nain Rouge, growing more popular annually and ending literally at our doorstep on the main stairs to the front of the Temple.
Brethren, not since the first murmurs of the plans of our new Temple or perhaps it’s opening upon completion in the 1920’s has such a fervor of anticipation and excitement for what’s to come been brewing up in our Lodge and our neighborhood. Will we be spectators or will we be at center ice?