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Lawsuit seeks to block funding for Little Caesars Arena

Little Caesars Arena Construction site in downtown, with a Pistons banner
Tyler Scott
Michigan Radio
Little Caesars Arena Construction site in downtown, with a newly minted Pistons banner.

A federal lawsuit seeks to block some public funding of Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and a new Detroit Pistons headquarters without a vote from city residents.

The lawsuit Thursday says Michigan law prohibits spending school property tax revenue on the projects because a tax voters approved in 2012 was to be used exclusively for Detroit's public schools.

The arena, which will be home to the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the NBA's Pistons, opens this fall. The Ilitch family, which owns the Red Wings, is financing most of the project, which is expected to cost a total of $862 million.

The lawsuit was filed by activist Robert Davis and D. Etta Wilcoxon, who is running for City Clerk.

The Detroit Downtown Development Authority, a public entity involved in the project, saysit will review the lawsuit and respond accordingly.

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