Gov. Snyder signs laws to redevelop old Michigan State Fairgrounds

Apr 9, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder signed two laws aimed at fostering redevelopment of the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.

The last state fair was in 2009. After that, the 160-acre site along Detroit's northern border was no longer used.

More from the Associated Press:

Laws signed by Snyder on Monday transfer the fairgrounds to a state land bank and create a local advisory committee that would have input on future uses.

The land could not be used for a prison, casino, racetrack or rail yard.

State Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. says he'd like a movie theater and big-box retail at the old fairgrounds. He's tired of seeing the blighted property.

The state fair was held there for more than 100 years.