Ren Cen Groundbreaking
Powerful business interests joined together to form the Detroit Renaissance Group. This organization saw investment in the downtown area as a way to attract business back to the city and create jobs for all. Initial plans included a riverfront football stadium project, which was aborted when the Detroit Lions announced their intention to move to Pontiac. The crown jewel of the business collective was the Detroit Renaissance Center, a state-of-the-art structure to symbolize rebirth and serve as a catalyst for renewal.