Gilbert, Ross To Build U-M Tech Center At Failed Jail Site In Detroit

WWJ News
October 30, 2019 - 7:10 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Official plans have finally beem revealed for the old Wayne County Jail site in downtown Detroit.

A new innovation center is planned for the 15-acre site along Gratiot Avenue at I-375. Governor Whitmer, Mayor Mike Duggan, University of Michigan President Mark Schissel and others announced plans for a new Detroit Center for Innovation on Wednesday.

Anchoring the site will be a world-class $300 million, 190,000 square-foot research and education center operated by the University of Michigan. Construction isn't expected to begin for two years, but when it's complete, the center will help 1,000 graduate and other students working in high-tech innovation industries.  

Development of the facility will be made possible by a major gift from Michigan alum and supporter Stephen Ross, along with funds from Dan Gilbert and others.