Motown museum proposed

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

DETROIT (AP) -- Developers have submitted to the city plans for a $28 million Motown music museum.

The museum, to be called the Motown Center, would offer interactive exhibits, programs and performances.

It also would realize the city's dream of a larger attraction honoring the likes of Motown Records Corp. founder Berry Gordy Jr. and acts like the Temptations and the Supremes.

According to the plan, a nonprofit corporation would open and operate Motown Center by renovating the former Motown Records headquarters or by demolishing the buildings and constructing the museum.

The museum's design and construction would take more than two years. Few details of the project were available, but the plan says it would include broad landscaped sidewalks, park-like settings, an entry plaza and street-level parking.

The site is close to the Fox and State theaters, Comerica Park and Ford Field and would add another attraction to the city's growing entertainment district.

''I think it's going to mean everything to Detroit. I think it's going to make Detroit a destination,'' says Esther Edwards, founder and chief executive officer of the Motown Historical Museum.

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