Get a first look at the Motown Museum’s new plaza and expansion plans

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A rendering of the Motown Museum Plaza at the original Hitsville headquarters in Detroit, scheduled for completion in summer 2022.

One of Detroit’s most iconic landmarks, a site familiar to music lovers around the world, is gearing up for a dramatic new look.

The Motown Museum is unveiling renderings today that depict a crisp, lush, bustling outdoor plaza at Hitsville, U.S.A., on West Grand Boulevard. Officials say they’re aiming to create a welcoming hangout for visitors, inspired by the days when artists and fans strode Motown’s front lawn in search of musical opportunity and glory. And they want to foster a Motown experience before guests even step through the doors.

The space, designed by the Detroit firm Hamilton Anderson Associates as part of the museum’s ongoing $55 million expansion, will be a mix of hardscapes and softscapes: The plaza will be tiled with granite pavers and adorned with benches, flower beds and foliage, including a new line of trees on the property’s west side.

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