For as much as Detroit has a rich automotive legacy, the city also has a history of developers failing to deliver on promises in return for tax breaks, including the ongoing controversy over the Ilitch organization’s stalled plans to rebuild neighborhoods around the publicly financed Little Caesars Arena.
So for two hours Wednesday, officials from FCA, the City of Detroit and UAW said the right things: The renovations at the Mack Avenue and Jefferson Avenue plants to build Jeeps and other cars would create jobs and improve neighborhoods without displacing residents, businesses or churches.
“We had a lot of places we could have built a plant. You know that,” Ron Stallworth, an FCA external affairs manager, told the crowd. “We’re proud it’s going in Detroit.”