Part of Tiger Stadium to remain standing until at least next spring

DETROIT -- A portion of Tiger Stadium will remain standing until at least next spring after a tentative deal was reached Tuesday to stave off complete demolition.

A nonprofit organization that works with the city on economic issues and the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy reached the agreement.

They are expected to negotiate a more detailed framework of financing and deadlines for the preservation effort to present to the Detroit City Council on Aug. 8 for approval.

Part of the stadium between first base and third base will be retained and turned into a sports museum. The field also will be saved.

The preservation group has until March to raise about $15.6 million for the renovation project.

Demolition of the ballpark started last month. The former home of the Detroit Tigers opened in 1912.