Detroit EM Says He Favors Leasing Belle Isle To State
DETROIT (AP) – Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager says he’ll pursue leasing Belle Isle to Michigan as part of his effort to reverse the city’s financial crisis.
Kevyn Orr made the comment at a public meeting to discuss his plans for staving off bankruptcy and reducing $15 billion in unfunded municipal obligations.
Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder worked out plans to lease the 985-acre park in the Detroit River to Michigan for operation as a state park.
But the City Council failed to approve the deal earlier this year, and Snyder withdrew the offer.
Orr has the power to override Detroit’s elected leaders.