The ranger has defaced historic buildings and signs throughout the city while collecting a check from the state.
Approval of the plan prompted outrage in the small audience as security removed some shouting residents.
Today is the council’s deadline to offer an alternative, which must save the city at least $4 million a year in maintenance costs.
The lease calls for the creation of a seven-member advisory committee that will oversee improvements and master planning.
“How dare someone come into this city and take away the most treasured jewel of our citizens,” Councilwoman Joann Watson steamed.
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.
Vandals, scrappers and urban explorers are disrupting a pair of peregrine falcons and their chicks atop the Whittier.
At first glance, the hulking Globe Building on Detroit’s east riverfront looks like any industrial eyesore – a collapsing roof, faded exterior and rusted steel beams.
The failed negotiations may accelerate the state’s decision to appoint an emergency manager over the city, which is headed toward bankruptcy.