His family also owns Little Caesars Pizza and downtown Detroit's Fox Theatre. He said the new project would add to the "more than $1.9 billion the Ilitch companies have already invested."
Eric Larson, non-executive president of Olympia Development, told the Senate Government Operations Committee the project would create more than 8,000 construction jobs. He provided no timetable for getting the project under way.
The committee was considering legislation that would enable Olympia to apply for Downtown Development Authority funds to support the project.