Detroit City Council rejects state's Belle Isle lease deal
Detroit City Council must provide new plan for Belle Isle to save money
The Detroit City Council rejected a lease deal Monday afternoon for a popular, 985-acre island park in the middle of the Detroit River Monday.
City Council now must provide a different plan that will save the city the same amount of money. City Council seeks a 10-year deal instead of the proposed 30-year deal.
State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder signed the 30-year lease on Oct. 1 that would make Belle Isle a state park. The deal would save the cash-strapped city more than $6 million each year in maintenance.
The state would invest $10 million to $20 million during the initial three years. There would be an annual $11 per-vehicle admission charge, the same cost for entering any state park.
Snyder withdrew a similar offer earlier this year following opposition from the council.
Orr released this statement Monday evening:
"Emergency Manager Orr believes the current lease agreement between the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan provides the best framework in which to ensure that Belle Isle regains its luster as one of the City of Detroit's crown jewels. Under the agreement, the city will lease Belle Island for up to 30 years to the state but retain ownership. In exchange, the State will make nearly $20 Million in needed improvements and investment in the park and manage operations. The city will save more than $6 million a year under the lease."
Orr filed bankruptcy for Detroit in July.
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