DETROIT (WWJ) – Should the Michigan State Fair return to Detroit? One group is renewing its push to make it happen.
On Wednesday, members of the group hand-delivered a letter to Governor Rick Snyder outlining things they’d like to see at the state fair grounds as the state considers development for the 8 Mile Road/Woodward Ave. site.
State Fairgrounds Development Coalition spokesperson Karen Hammer said that despite the fair being held this year at the Suburban Collection Showplace, it belongs at the fairgrounds.
“We appreciate that someone is trying to keep the fair alive, even if it’s in Novi for a year or two, but we maintain it (bringing it back to Detroit) can be done,” Hammer told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis.
The Coalition which is made up of community organizations, businesses, and municipalities is the same group that collected 55,000 signatures in an effort to save the fair back in 2009.
Hammer said many in the community continue to support their effort to being the fair back.
“The fact that the people in this area are very proactive and they’re an aware citizenry … and there’s a lot of businesses and different organizations that could get behind this kind of an effort,” she said.
Hammer said to pay for the fair at 8 Mile and Woodward, they recommend a year round expo center. She also believe the property should be connected to light rail.
(Read a complete rundown of the group’s recommendations in a copy of the letter posted here).
The Fairground Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on the issue on Friday, June 29, 10 a.m. in the Michigan Land Bank’s office, located in the Cadillac Place Building on the 4th Floor, room 4-606.