Belle Isle will be leased to the state
Yesterday a Michigan board approved leasing Detroit's Belle Isle park to the state. Under the agreement, the city will maintain ownership of the park, and the state will lease it for 30 years. The plan will save Detroit $6 million annually in maintenance costs. Detroit City Council, and Mayor Elect Mike Duggan are against the plan.
Lessenberry says the tension from city government stems from an issue of a loss of local control.