The entire Pontiac Plan was proposed to be built in three phases. Only a part of the first phase, consisting of three office buildings, a multilevel parking structure, a senior apartment high rise and a transportation center were ever built. This first phase would eventually become known as the Pontiac Phoenix Center. The Pontiac (Silverdome) Stadium Project also was a part of the mid 60's urban renewal plan.
In 1969, the city of Pontiac adopted the Pontiac Plan as the official plan for rebuilding the vacant area of the downtown district.
The remaining phases of the Plan would never come to fruition due to, not only bureaucracy and financial restraints incurred by the early 80's recession, but primarily due to incompetence and a lack of vision from past and present city leaders.
Where are the next visionarys, the dreamers? Who is willing to follow a selfless path for the good of our fellow man?
|Rendering of Pontiac Phoenix Center - ca. 1967 (looking west)|
|Cross viewing of Pontiac Plan Phoenix Center Concept - ca. 1967 (looking west)|
The Phoenix Center as viewed from Woodward Ave. (Loop) and Orchard Lake rd., facing west
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