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Saying farewell to the Edison Boat Club

Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automotive announced plans to build a new plant in Detroit - investing $4.5 billion in Michigan and adding 6,500 new jobs. The long-decommissioned Conners Creek Power Plant site and building demolition was an integral part of FCA's development needs. 
 
15-246-144 (1).jpgWhile assessing the plant's demolition, it was determined that the Edison Boat Club would also need to be taken down as its utilities ran through the Conners Creek Power Plant. The cost to permanently reroute the utilities, combined with other needed infrastructure repairs, was too great a financial burden to place on our customers. As a result, 2019 will be the last sailing season for the Edison Boat Club and it will close permanently after Labor Day.
 
The club has been a mainstay for our employees and a historic city landmark on the riverfront for the past century. Established in 1914, the DTE employee operated club is one of the oldest boat clubs on the Detroit river. Starting as a men's sailing club, with only a handful of boat wells and one small storage building, the club's mission was to teach sailing, water safety and provide year-round entertainment for sailors and non-sailors alike. Since its modest beginnings, the club has added more than 100 boat wells, a lounge, restaurant, and game room, all while maintaining the family-like atmosphere that made it so special.
 
"I've been a member of the club since I started at DTE," said Peter Ternes, corporate communications manager. "I enjoyed getting to know people in the sailing classes and earning my Skippers card."
 
Primarily known for its sailing prowess, the club offered lessons tailored towards all experience levels, ranging from novices to seasoned "Skippers." Lessons took place on the club's own fleet of eight Flying Scots and two Ensign sailboats. These lessons championed the club's core mission to provide the one-of-a-kind experience of setting sail and having fun with friends and family. In addition to sailing, the club was a popular spot for year-round parties, weddings, outdoor concerts, special holiday soirees and more. 
 
EBC9-1.jpgAll members of the club are active or retired DTE employees and family members, providing a unique space for our employees to interact with each other outside of the traditional work setting. We are working with those who have slips at the boat club to move their boats to other locations.
 
"For those who have an event scheduled at the Edison Boat Club, I strongly recommend that you contact them to discuss how it might be affected by demolition," said Tony Tomczak, vice president of Corporate Services. "Noise and construction dust may create inconveniences, depending on where Conners Creek Power Plant is at in its demolition process. Our team will be happy to help find a DTE-owned facility that may make the event more enjoyable."
Than you to Jay Montgomery for sending this on to us 

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