The decision by Olympia Entertainment to open a publicly funded arena with 6 shows by a performer who has been at the center of racial conflict for the majority of his career is more than tone deaf. It is an example of the disconnect between developers, the administration and community. The arena development has also failed Detroiters in a more profound way – the absence of a legally binding community benefit agreement (CBA) attached to the multi million dollar public investment. It is another reason why we need REAL CBAs in Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice.
Nothing prohibits Olympia Entertainment, The Pistons or any other developer from entering voluntarily into legally binding CBAs with community.
In solidarity with tonight’s protests we are calling for Detroiters and those who support racial and economic justice to contact Olympia Entertainment (313) 471-3200 @LCA_Detroit and the Detroit Pistons (248) 377-0100, ext #1 @DetroitPistons to DEMAND A CBA.
Demand that they engage with community and enter into a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement. Please make calls to those headquarters and share on social media as part of our week long action around Little Caesars Arena.
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Detroiters demand that @LCA_Detroit voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/BqcMd+
“The $324-million public contribution to the arena’s construction represents the bulk of taxpayers’ commitment to the project. The only other public support for the District Detroit — the 50-block section of the city including the arena and other new office, retail and residential spaces — is a $74-million payment the Ilitches’ development firm receives if it causes at least $200 million in new development near the arena.” http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2017/09/06/little-caesars-arena-detroit-cost/616890001/
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Stephen Henderson: Kid Rock opener at Little Caesars Arena is middle finger to Detroiters
When the Ilitch family’s Olympia Entertainment division chose divisive performer Kid Rock to christen Little Caesars Arena with six shows and a new restaurant, it sent a message to the Detroiters who made the project possible and who have yet to see the benefits promised.
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