Frequently Asked Questions
Downtown Pontiac is Oakland County’s most accessible city. Some 4.5 million people reside within a 40 minute radius and 2 million people are within a 20 minute drive. Woodward Avenue, M-59, I-75, and Telegraph Road are all major feeders into the downtown district.
Statistics show that downtown Pontiac is one of Oakland County’s safest communities. Patrolled by the Oakland County Sheriff, private security firms and downtown resident McLaren Oakland Hospital, the city is safe and has seen a 30% decrease in crime . For most events, The Strand will be staffed with a doorman as well as greeters both inside and outside the theater to provide assistance and support for guests. The Strand Theatre is also visibly located in the heart of city’s historic restaurant and retail district which is lined with charming buildings, a decorative streetscape and beautiful landscaping. This traditional “main street” setting is welcoming to diners, shoppers and theater goers.
There are over 2,100 parking spaces within a three minute walk of the theatre. The spaces are well lit, privately managed, clean and safe. In addition, The Strand Theatre will provide valet parking as an option on most performance nights.
In 2013, Pontiac emerged from a successful two year Emergency Manager controlled government resulting in a balanced budget and no debt. City leadership is now under local control with the aid of a state oversight board to provide guidance and to implement a check and balance system. The city’s new mayor comes from the private sector, is highly educated and is motivated to work in tandem with the leaders on city council to keep Pontiac moving forward during this exciting time of economic rebirth for the community.
The Mayor has penned downtown Pontiac as the “city’s front porch, which resonates as a gathering place for neighbors to meet”. This vision for the downtown district has expanded into a citywide mission of growth and prosperity. The city has seen not only a substantial increase in investments in the past few years, but millions more are projected for the coming years. These include the following:
- A $200 million investment by General Motors.
- Hewlett Packard Headquarters has increased its staff to 1,000 employees.
- Expansion of The Ultimate Soccer Arena facility.
- A $24 million downtown development project that included the Lafayette Place Lofts project along with 10 West Huron Lofts has been completed.
- The Wesson Lawn Tennis Club, the first major lawn tennis club in North American in 124 years, opened in the summer of 2014 and expects continued growth throughout the next few years.
- M1 Concourse to open in 2015. Located on the site of an 87-acre former General Motors property in Pontiac, this $40 to $60 million development, which includes plans for a 1.5-mile performance track,
more than 250 private garages, restaurants, automotive retail, offices and more is an automotive enthusiast’s dream. Ranging in price from $110,000 to $250,000, 40 of the first 80 car-condominiums have already sold.
- The completion of a $180 million expansion to St Joseph Hospital.
- A $60 million housing and office project accompanied by a park and streetscape improvement plan is under way by Core Partners Associates.