The Auburn Hills planning commission has approved the rezoning of the 109-acre Palace of Auburn Hills site from a general industrial district to a technology and research district.
It will now be up the city council to make the decision final, with a vote expected during the council meeting on Monday, June 26. The Detroit Pistons pro basketball team announced last fall that it would be making the move to the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the 2017-2018 season, leading many to wonder what the eventual fate of The Palace will be.
There’s currently no decision or timetable for a decision on if the arena will stay open or potentially be demolished, but the city of Auburn Hills wanted to take a proactive approach when it comes to what happens with the property, Steven Cohen, director of community development for Auburn Hills said.
The Palace Sports and Entertainment headquarters and Pistons’ practice facility will stay open at the Palace for at least the next year.
“This is still Palace Sports and Entertainment’s headquarters and we need to take it one day at a time. Their focus is on Detroit right now and what they’re doing there. We have pushed the agenda on to The Palace and they have been working with us. They’re in agreement that this is the right route to go,” Cohen said. “As far as seeing the writing on the wall … it made sense that this arena would eventually become obsolete.”
Should The Palace be slated for demolition, the city has heard estimates that it could cost between $4 million to $5…
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