Now, Magic Johnson and two partners want to develop the State Fair Grounds on the north side of Detroit. Their proposal to the state of Michigan says "a carefully designed blend of potential uses at this strategic location will reactivate this site as a renewed Detroit beacon, another symbol of the ground swell of a reemerging Detroit."
"I look forward to good things happen here on this corner," said Rep. Jimmy Womack, of Detroit.
Womack sponsored a bill allowing the Land Bank Fast Track Authority to market the 157 acres.
"Market-rate homes would be nice. A commercial development would also be nice. A movie theater would be great. Some upscale shopping," said Womack.
Frank Hammer, who lives 1/4 mile from the grounds, is on the State Fair Grounds Authority Board. He sees the proposal as a positive step, but not a done deal.
"We would love to have retail but we don't want vacant stores in a matter of a few years because they were not sustainable," said Hammer.
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