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Who wants to live at Tiger Stadium? Development deal to include houses, preservation of field

Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

The Tigers play their home games in Comerica Park, but from 1912-1999, fans filed through the gates of Tiger Stadium to watch Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and Al Kaline belt homers and win four World Series.

In 2008, the demolition of Tiger Stadium was complete - leaving behind just the playing field - but a new development deal looks to preserve the romantic history of the site by integrating the field into plans for a commercial and residential space. Detroit's Police Athletic League headquarters will relocate to the site and maintain the field, which will be used for youth sports including high school and college baseball.

The full development plan features 30,000 square-feet of retail space and 100 housing units to go along with the new PAL offices.

Two local developers, Roxbury Group of Detroit, and the Larson Realty Group of Bloomfield Hills, responded to the city's March request for proposals with plans for a mixed-use development including retail and residential space, but multiple sources told the Free Press that Larson had been selected.

Larson's plan calls for smaller retail along Michigan Avenue, as well as a mix of for-rent and for-sale housing.

If/when the plan comes to fruition, it will instantly join the baseball stadium/dorm building in Michigan and the old A.J. Reach baseball factory apartments in Philadelphia as the coolest baseball-related dwellings in the country. Seriously, who wouldn't want to live at old Tiger Stadium overlooking a college baseball field?