DETROIT-Many citizens from District 13 have been protesting a pending deal between Mayor Mike Duggan’s
administration, and McDonald’s owner Errol Service who is working with the Salvation Army.
The 15-acre site, with a 10-year-old recreation center was fully functional when Mayor Dave Bing shut it down in October 2012.
Its operations were in the budget at that time, said Russ Bellant, area resident and president of the Detroit Public Library Commission.
The city plans to transfer the property to the Salvation Army, which is legally a church and thus pays no taxes and is free from public scrutiny. McDonald’s owner Errol Service, who sits on the Salvation Army board, said during a July community meeting intends to put a water park on the site.
The only other plan for the land the community is aware of is that the recreation center will be a Salvation Army outreach center. Some of the Lipke park advocates believe the outreach center will house homeless people from Cass Corridor who they say will be relocated because of Mike Ilitch’s new hockey stadium. The city gave Ilitch 38 square blocks for one dollar and tax breaks for 30 years.
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