Detroit City Council session to decide on Belle Isle lease - FOX 35 News Orlando

Detroit City Council session to decide on Belle Isle lease

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT -

The Detroit City Council is expected to discuss a lease deal for the Frederic Olmsted-designed 985-acre Belle Isle park in the middle of the Detroit River.

A special council session is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at City Hall. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a 30-year lease on Oct. 1 that would make Belle Isle a state park.

The question before council: To lease or not to lease?

The fate of the 985 acre gem right in the middle of the Detroit River  has been up for debate for months. Governor Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr approved a 30-year lease back at the beginning of the moth that would turn Belle Isle into a state park. Now, it's the city council's chance to chime in.

Aaron Mainor-lives in Detroit: "I just wish they'd stop the bickering and a make a decision. If you make it a state park I'll pay for it. We pay at the others why not this one?"

The leasing of Belle Isle is expected to save the cash strapped city of Detroit about $6 million a year. The cost to you, an annual admission fee of 11 bucks. In return the state would invest anywhere from $10 to $20 million in the popular park.

Arthur Reid-lives in Hamtramck: "I just want it to stay clean and for the snow to be removed. If it takes it to be a state park to make that happen or Detroit charges to do it, I don't mind. I just want to walk"

It's a park that's become part of a morning ritual for those who can't help but relish in its beauty. No matter what happens they just want to keep it that way.

Marie Crews visits Belle Isle Daily:" As long as the fee isn't astronomical I'm okay with it. Maybe it will help bring it back to its hey day."

The city council is expected to talk about the issue at a meeting at 3pm. If they decide to reject the lease option, they have 7 days to come up with an alternative plan.

  • Robin MurdochRobin MurdochMore>>

  • Lincoln Park firefighters meet baby they helped deliver

    Lincoln Park firefighters meet baby they helped deliver

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:02:14 GMT
    It was a reunion that couldn't come soon enough. A local mom got a chance to thank the firefighters who helped bring her baby girl into the world.
    It was a reunion that couldn't come soon enough. A local mom got a chance to thank the firefighters who helped bring her baby girl into the world.
  • Dearborn man charged with torture, murder of sister

    Dearborn man charged with torture, murder of sister

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:10:00 GMT
    A Dearborn woman is dead and her own brother is behind bars charged with her murder.What happened in the 7500 block of Bingham street Saturday, still has neighbors wondering, 'why.'"I wept, I cried, it's horrible," said neighbor Virginia Leonard.A brother allegedly strangled his own sister, stabbed her several times, and eventually killing her"I'm sure it's a very horrible thing for that family," Leonard said. "Not only did the parents lose a daughter, they lost basically a son too, and it's ...
    A Dearborn woman is dead and her own brother is behind bars charged with her murder.What happened in the 7500 block of Bingham street Saturday, still has neighbors wondering, 'why.'"I wept, I cried, it's horrible," said neighbor Virginia Leonard.A brother allegedly strangled his own sister, stabbed her several times, and eventually killing her"I'm sure it's a very horrible thing for that family," Leonard said. "Not only did the parents lose a daughter, they lost basically a son too, and it's ...
  • Man sentenced to life in prison for toddler's death

    Man sentenced to life in prison for toddler's death

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:08:27 GMT
    A Macomb County man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.
    A Macomb County man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Evan Reed arraigned on sexual assault charges

    Evan Reed arraigned on sexual assault charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:42:51 GMT
    Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.
    Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.
  • Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:17:30 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • 24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:26:09 GMT
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices