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Redevelopment in the future for Tiger Stadium site in Corktown?

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Signs mark the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Signs mark the corner of Michigan and Trumbull
DETROIT (WJBK) -

If you don't build it, whatever "it" will be, no one will come. So far, a field of dreams is resting on its memories.

This plot of land means plenty to the people who continue to swing through and hit a few. But without fail, folks ask what will become of Michigan and Trumbull, the monumental corner of baseball history in the Motor City.

It looks the funding to keep the jewel shining could soon fade away.

Four years ago, a few million federal dollars were doled out to Detroit to start redeveloping the site, but so far the city is striking out. Nothing has been done.

"Like anything else in life, unfortunately as we learned when Tiger Stadium was torn down, nothing lasts forever. There's a timeline on that money," said Peter Comstock Riley, founder and president of Michigan and Trumbull, LLC.

Fox 2 has learned it was last week that threats of grounding the grant money popped up, but now reports say Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is behind the plate of a new proposal. The pitch? A public sports complex with batting cages, soccer fields and concessions, and the baseball field would stay put.

"I think we've got a situation in Detroit here where it's just a matter of taking the lead and having the will and the desire to make it work, as opposed to whether it could work," Comstock Riley said.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is on deck, stating, "DEGC is working with the Detroit EM as it continues to conduct professional due diligence on proposals to redevelop the former site of Tiger Stadium. DEGC is currently assessing plans that would include mixed use development that would also honor the legacy of the site."

Now all we have to do is wait to see what will happen and when.

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