State officials are expected to meet with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. to discuss conveying the Michigan State Fairgrounds to the city.

Department of Technology, Management and Budget spokesman Kurt Weiss tells The Associated Press Thursday that the city “clearly has ideas” for the 164-acre property along Woodward and Eight Mile Road.

The fairgrounds had been home to the annual Michigan State Fair. It was shut down after last year because of state budget troubles.

Weiss said the state Legislature would have to vote to turn over the property to Detroit.

A developer’s plan to turn the fairgrounds into a sports complex has been turned down.

The AP left messages seeking comment from the city and economic development officials.

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  1. Marty says:

    To see the MI State Fair grounds sold off, would be a travesty for Michigan. That would mean no chance of the fair ever coming back. Economic times will get better and then where would the fair be held when the possibility of bringing it back comes around? There is too much history to NEVER have the fair come back to it’s original place for many other generations to enjoy.

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