Youth sports megaplex proposed for Summit Place Mall site – Detroit Free Press
The owner of Summit Place Mall in Oakland County has until July 15 to get a demolition permit or submit redevelopment plans.
JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press
A mystery developer is proposing to build a youth sports and entertainment megaplex in Oakland County with multiple playing fields, a hotel, water parkÂ and 12,000-seat arena on the site of the dead Summit Place Mall.
The developer âÂ whose identityÂ is shrouded byÂ nondisclosure agreements âÂ recently obtained a 150-day extension to theÂ potential purchase deal for theÂ 80-acre property along Telegraph in Waterford Township that was to expire in late March. Newly released design plans call for demolishing the bulk of the 1.4-million-square-footÂ shopping mall Â and building a giant “sports andÂ entertainment facility” with the following amenities:
A representative of the mall property’s owner said theÂ developer’s proposal is aimed at attracting young athletes and their families from distances of 100 miles or more.
âIt is a state-of-the artÂ sports and entertainmentÂ facility that concentrates â although not exclusively â on youth sports,” saidÂ Eric Banks, executive principal atÂ Core Partners, who represents the mall property’s owner, Los Angeles-based SD Capital. “Anyone who has kids in youth sports knows this is how a lot of families spend their entire weekends,Â traveling around and going to sporting events.â
Banks said it is his understanding that the developer seeks to raze a large portion of the empty mallÂ but keep a portion of it. The mall opened in 1962 and closed in September 2009, followed by subsequent closures of its anchor stores J.C. Penney and Macy’s. The final anchor store, Sears, shut its doors in December 2014.
âI think they are leaning towards major demolition and may preserve some areasÂ for the food court and family fun center and daycare,” Banks said. âIf this thing happens, itâs going to be a significant development. Thereâs talk of bringing 500,Â 600,Â 700 jobs.â
Demolition and remediationÂ of the mall structure could begin as early as November if the deal proceeds.
Crain’s Detroit has reported that formerÂ Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore could be among the investors in the proposed development, along withÂ Antoine Joubert, men’s basketball coach atÂ Oakland Community College and a former University of Michigan basketball standout.
Gary Dovre, an attorney for Waterford Township, told the Free Press Monday that he knows the identity of theÂ developer but is bound by the terms ofÂ a non-disclosure agreement.
“I do, and I can’t tell anybody,” he said.
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