Could a Zombie Theme Park Bring Back Detroit’s Vacant Properties?

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Over the last couple of years the subject of vacant properties has created a myriad of debates among Detroiters and city officials alike. Various revitalization initiatives and programs have been proposed to reduce the ‘eye soaring’ effect of these abandoned sites and breathe new life into places that once used [...]

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Over the last couple of years the subject of vacant properties has created a myriad of debates among Detroiters and city officials alike. Various revitalization initiatives and programs have been proposed to reduce the ‘eye soaring’ effect of these abandoned sites and breathe new life into places that once used to be vibrant and livable.

The solutions varied from the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign led by Community Legal Resources (CLR) to Mayor Dave Bing’s plan to demolish more than 10,000 derelict and dangerous homes during his administration. But the most creative idea comes from local entrepreneur Mark Siwak, who wants to transform an approximately 200-acrea neglected area into a zombie themed experience.

Designed as a radical rethinking of urban redevelopment, Z World Detroit would be placed on a large urban property.

The project is still in the design stages but the investors behind it have already started promoting the idea online to attract financial support. According to WXYZ 7 Action News, the campaign aims to raise $145,000 by August 10 so that the zombie amusement park can move from the preliminary phase to developing specific site designs on a clearly designated urban area. Most likely the “living” will have to pay an admission fee in return of being chased by the “dead” but so far no details have been disclosed on the amount.