ARENAAfter much back and forth, the Detroit City Council has approved the Red Wings arena rezoning. The rezoning clears the way for the new Detroit Red Wings arena to begin construction.

The council voted 8-0 after delaying the vote since last fall over concerns about parking, traffic and the plan for the 2 historic hotels in the area.

According to the Detroit News:

Olympia’s plan calls for the 90-year-old Park Avenue Hotel to be demolished and the former Eddystone, across the street on the southwest corner of Park and Sproat, to be spared.

Olympia wants to convert the 13-story Eddystone, on the northwest corner of Park and Sproat, into 100 rental apartments. Olympia aims have to 20 percent of those apartments reserved at affordable housing rates.

The Park Avenue building must be razed because it is so close to the proposed arena that it raises security concerns, Olympia officials contend.

You can read more about the city’s decision over at DetroitNews.com