Kronk Gym was a world-renowned boxing powerhouse in Detroit that produced more than 30 world champions, most notably Tommy Hearns.
The billionaire Ilitch family and their companies have raked in hundreds of millions of tax dollars while demolishing dozens of buildings – some of them historic – in Detroit since the 1980s.
The city temporarily halted demolition after preservationists and others called for the building to be saved.
Once billed as “Detroit’s most beautiful dance rendezvous,” the ornate venue attracted musical acts as diverse as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, MC5, Velvet Underground and The Stooges.
The historic Hotel Park Avenue will come crashing down with the assistance of explosives at the site of the new Red Wings arena.
The demolition comes after a controversial vote by the city’s Historic District Commission.
It’s an odd position for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan: He may not get his way.
A crew working on the new Red Wings arena has begun to dig up the historic Hotel Park Avenue hotel even though demolition has not been approved.
The Red Wings want to replace the historic 91-year-old building with a loading dock.
The end appears to be approaching for the historic building to make way for the new Red Wings arena and entertainment district.