Michigan State Fairgrounds Development

1,200 new jobs in Detroit

In addition to helping to prepare Detroiters for employment opportunities at the new facility, Detroit At Work also will provide training to Detroit residents who would like to start their own companies and become Amazon Delivery Partners.

Read the full press release here.


The City will memorialize commitments to the community through Council resolutions, all of which will be legally binding. 

The City will submit (at the same time as the land sale and the master plan amendment is approved) a series of related resolutions.   

City Resolutions:  

  • A resolution appropriating the land sale proceeds for the transit center;  
  • A resolution directing GSD to fund the improvements to the State Fair community parks; 
  • The City will agree to allow a 3-month period for a feasibility study of the Dairy Cattle Building and Coliseum enabling advocates, the City PDD and DBA to evaluate potential reuse or relocation of those buildings; 
  • A resolution that will allow the City BSEED – Environmental Affairs to do air quality baseline testing in the area so that results would be available should additional industrial uses be proposed for Phase 2 or Phase 3; and 
  • A resolution that commits to the City to the following:  
    • Upon notification by BSEED of an administrative hearing or a BZA proceeding or by a CPC rezoning with respect to Phase 2 or Phase 3, the City will host a community meeting within 30 days of the hearings; and 
    • At those meetings, the City will solicit community input and present standard industrial buffering methods, which the City will recommend to BSEED, the BZA or CPC if the development team seeks to use those properties under conditional uses.

There are two ways Detroiters can get to work with Amazon:

Amazon Warehouse Team Member

  • 18 years or older with ability to speak and understand English for safety
  • High school, GED, or equivalent diploma
  • No Resume or previous work experience required •
  • Hourly pay rate: Earn$15/hr or more

Job Description

  • Receive and put away inventory
  • Get customer orders ready and pack up
  • Load boxes into trucks for shipment.
  • Work around moving machines like order pickers, forklifts, mobilecarts, and possibly robots
  • Use scanners to scan bar codes on products

Employee Benefits

  • Career development, competitive wage and reliable paycheck
  • Health care starting on day one
  • Employee discounts, 401(k) savings plans, paid time off and more
  • Learn more about Amazon benefits here

Become Your Own Boss as a Amazon Delivery Service Partner
Starting in late 2020, Detroit at Work is piloting an Entrepreneurship Training Academy for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn about starting and maintaining a small business. The academy is for those wanting to become Amazon Delivery Service Partners or have their own business idea. Amazon Delivery Service Partners (DSP) deliver packages for the company. As a DSP, residents can own their own business and have the opportunity to expand their fleet and add employees.

The Entrepreneurship Training Academy will provide two tracks:

  • Course 1: Own Your Own Business 101
  • Course 2: Amazon Delivery Service Partner Business Basics

To learn more about the Entrepreneurship Training Academy, go to www.detroitatwork.com



  • No tax breaks or public subsidies
  • Newly constructed 3.8 million square-foot anchor tenant facility
  • Developer also plans to redevelop the remaining 70 acres with other auto parts suppliers or other job generators
  • $42-million net benefit to Detroit over 10 year period
  • Under the terms of the proposed deal, the development team, Texas-based Hillwood and local partner the Sterling Group, will pay $9 million for the land and pay $7 million for a new DDOT transit center.
  • Developer to pay for cost of any demolition, environmental remediation and construction of facility
  • Construction could begin as early as October, with an anticipated open date of mid-2022


  • New $7 million state-of-the-art transit center to replace the current one on Woodward Avenue near State Fair.

  • Center to provide service to 30,000 riders a week from 9 separate bus routes

  • Offer an indoor waiting area for customers with heat and air conditioning

  • New Center will improve pedestrian safety

  • Site will offer clean bathrooms for both customers and operators

Center will provide residents safe, convenient pedestrian connections to the Meijer/Gateway Plaza, the new development at the State Fairgrounds, Woodward Avenue, and State Fair Avenue

Image of the new site at State Fairgrounds
Side view with landscaping
Front of the facility with landscaping
State Fairground Development Map
State Fairground Rendering
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