The secrecy raises more questions about the transparency of the EM and the state, which are handling billions of dollars and city treasures without as much as a public meeting.
Overlooking Belle Isle and the Detroit River, “the location is unrivaled in scenic beauty by any other apartment hotel in the world,” the Whittier boasted in the 1920s.
Council President Charles Pugh said the city can improve the nation’s largest municipal park on its own by charging entrance fees, opening up a winery and launching events such as concerts.
Snyder reportedly is waiting to hear back from the unidentified candidate this week on whether he or she will take the job.
Most council members opposed the Belle Isle lease Tuesday, saying they don’t trust the city gem in state hands.
The failed negotiations may accelerate the state’s decision to appoint an emergency manager over the city, which is headed toward bankruptcy.
The council voted 6-3 to debate the issue another day, saying they still need more time to look over the lease.
The players deciding Belle Isle’s future have chosen not to look at good alternative to lease.
A public hearing over leasing Belle Isle to the state turned ugly today when opponents heckled supporters and suggested the deal was a racist takeover.
The plan smacks of antagonism and divisiveness at a time when the city is shedding vital services to avoid bankruptcy.