DETROIT (WWJ) – City and State officials say they are close to an agreement to have Belle Isle operated as a Michigan state park.
The city of Detroit would maintain ownership under the proposed agreement with the state and Department of Natural Resources leasing the land under contract.
Belle Isle, 985-acre island located midway between Detroit and Windsor, has been owned by the city since 1879. In recent years the island has suffered as Detroit can’t afford needed repairs.
The Free Press reports that City Council may vote on the plan as early as the end of the month.
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