State meeting to discuss future of Belle Isle

A Michigan board is planning to meet to consider proposals to lease Detroit's 985-acre Belle Isle park to the state.

Governor Rick Snyder and emergency manager Kevyn Orr signed a 30-year lease on Oct. 1 to make Belle Isle a state park, saving Detroit $6 million annually in maintenance.

However, the city council rejected the deal, and instead voted for a 10-year lease.

The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon in Lansing.

The board is made up of members of Snyder's administration.

Orr has asked a federal judge to place Detroit under bankruptcy protection.

Under the Snyder-Orr deal, Michigan would invest $10 million to $20 million over three years.

There'd also be an annual $11 per-vehicle admission charge, as at other state parks.

 

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