Residents fight to save park on Detroit's east side

Neighbors don't want land sold to developer

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - Neighbors on Detroit's east side are fighting to keep 12 acres of city land from being sold off to a developer.

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The fight is happening at the Lodge Playfield along the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Residents in the area said city leaders aren't listening to them.

The debate is over what to do with the large parcel of property off Van Dyke.

Many people believe jobs are the best path to revitalization for the community. On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council will consider a proposal to designate the property as surplus, meaning it is available for the city to sell to a potential developer.

Some people in the neighborhood would like to see the land turned into a park.

Right now, there's no potential buyer or developer for the property. The primary concern for the neighbors is that their voices aren't being heard.

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