Detroit’s Motown Museum unveils new plaza plans

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  • The Motown Museum in Detroit has unveiled designs for its new arena.

Detroit’s Motown Museum is continuing its planned multi-million dollar expansion, announcing a new plan for an outdoor plaza.

According to a press release sent out Sunday, the arena’s design is “inspired by a time when Motown guys like Smokey Robinson, Miracles, Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops and many more were located in front of Motown’s corporate headquarters on W Grand Boulevard.”

He adds: “For museum visitors, the plaza will begin their unforgettable experience from the moment they set foot in it. They will arrive at a beautifully lit granite paving space, surrounded by colorful flowers, lush plantings, park benches, and pop.-a stage performance surrounded by a playing sound system. Favorite Motown Songs”.

The arena was designed by Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson & Associates. Construction begins this month and is expected to be completed by summer 2022.

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The Motown Museum in Detroit has unveiled designs for its new arena.  City Museum

  • Motown Museum
  • The Motown Museum in Detroit has unveiled designs for its new arena.

“The plaza is an important part of our expansion project,” Motown Museum President and CEO Robin Terry said in a statement. “The past year has demonstrated how important these outdoor spaces are to thriving communities, and we are thrilled to create something much needed in our city. The new Motown Museum Arena will be a place where residents and tourists from all over the world can enjoy Motown music, enjoy pop-up shows and connect with other Motown fans on origins grounds. Motown Sound and the Making of Music History”.

In the meantime, internal tours of Hitsville USA are closed while the museum undergoes an external restoration. The museum is also working on Hitsville NEXT, which will see three homes converted into an “educational and creative center” that will provide music lessons, workshops, and other community events.

The museum says it has raised $32 million of the $55 million it needs for the project.

“The momentum and enthusiasm for the project has never been higher,” Terry said. “We remain grateful to our generous partners who joined us in this passionate mission to make the bold vision of an expanded museum a reality.”

The plan calls for the museum to be expanded to include nearly 50,000 square feet of an educational entertainment and tourism destination with exhibits, performance theater, recording studios, expanded retail and meeting spaces.

More information is available at motownmuseum.org.

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