A $300 million U-M research and education center was announced Wednesday to take over the much-coveted spot of the abandoned jail project at Gratiot Avenue and St. Antoine Street.
The Detroit Center for Innovation will be a home for students in high-tech fields such as automotive mobility, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
“Instead of a thousand prisoners on this site we’re going to have a thousand graduates,” Duggan said.
Construction for the Detroit Center for Innovation is slated to begin in 2021.
In 2018, Gilbert’s Bedrock announced that it acquired the site from Wayne County after agreeing to build a new $533 million criminal justice center near Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. Since acquiring the site, Bedrock demolished the half-built jail structure and is currently using the site to support construction related to other in-progress developments in downtown Detroit.
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