“People were outraged over the end of the Michigan State Fair in 2009. The outrage led to the formation of the State Fairgrounds Development Coalition. On June 22nd the Coalition will sponsor a public event to promote a 21st Fairgrounds.” page 3
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“The question is what is to be done with the city’s 142 acres? Fortunately, some of the area’s best citizens have formed the State Fairgrounds Development Coalition in an attempt to make sure whatever happens to the site is something in the interest of the public. We should be happy they are vigilant, and do everything we can to help them succeed in what should be both their and our task.”
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"I see balance; I see genuine interest in doing something good for the community based on SFDC’s development ideas,” says Jones. “This is how development should really be done in the city. We want jobs there, we want sustainable development, we want to benefit those who live right nearby, both socio-economic categories."
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“They don’t want a gentrified place where they no longer are welcome,” said Karen Hammer, resident in the Green Acres neighborhood just west of the fairgrounds and co-chair of the State Fairgrounds Development Coalition, an organization that formed in 2012 to advocate for a grassroots vision for the state fairgrounds.
The Detroit News
We'll also look at the future of the Michigan State Fairgrounds in De-troit. Karen & Frank Hammer will explain the role their neighborhood coalition is playing in the possible development of the 160 acres near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile Road.
Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority spokesperson, David Murray, says there are no deadlines for any decisions. He says the Land Bank is continuing to work with the developer and the City of Detroit.
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One of the areas up for development in Detroit with the biggest potential is the 160-acre site of the former State Fairgrounds. The area could serve as a great connection between Detroit and the suburbs to the north, but development has stalled over the past few years.
What’s a neighborhood to do when the city’s largest parcel of land with development potential becomes available at its front doorstep?
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After Gov. Jennifer Granholm canceled funding for the fair in 2009, the 157 acres of state-owned property had sat in disuse, as the state was still on the hook for caring for the property. Almost everybody involved agreed something needed to be done.
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Renderings for the redevelopment of the Michigan State Fairgrounds were released Thursday, showing plans for an environment filled with entertainment, retail, mixed income housing, enhanced infrastructure and high quality transportation.
Despite the release of architectural renderings, issues of transit and accessibility had people buzzing at the latest public forum for the proposed $200 million redevelopment of the old State Fairgrounds in Detroit.
Farmers around the state are still bitter that the fair was closed. So are local community activists. Nor are they happy with what’s supposed to replace it. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus met a man near 8 Mile and Woodward who some consider the soul of the community.
Earlier this month, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority board voted to sell the former state fair grounds to three businessmen. Marvin Beatty of northwest Detroit, Joel Ferguson of Lansing and Magic Johnson. But some people are critical of the design and the sale price of the deal.
Sitting in the bright and airy living room of their Detroit home, Frank and Karen Hammer recount the battles involving the Michigan State Fairgrounds they’ve engaged in over the years.
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In 1849, when Zachary Taylor was president and Michigan had been a state for barely a dozen years, farmers and merchants held the first state fair in Detroit.
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Plans for a Magic Johnson-backed Detroit development project at the old Michigan State Fairgrounds site appear on pace for approval from state and city officials.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder believes the former state fairgrounds in Detroit would be a "natural location" for a commuter rail station, but a potential land sale could lead to any number of exciting developments near Woodward and 8 Mile.
“Here’s a parcel of land, more than 160 acres," Snyder said, "that can be redeveloped in a very positive, constructive way, with residential opportunities, commercial opportunities, industrial opportunities, job opportunities, real community opportunities to integrate with the existing communities.”
The Michigan Land Bank has advanced the Magic Plus, LLC proposal and will begin contract negotiations and develop a timeline to nail down milestones or the project, which is expected to have quick turnaround.
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