HB 5232, as written, removes this power from the City of Detroit, allowing unobstructed demolitions as needed by any potential developer in the city. Thus, in certain scenarios, a corporation such as Meijer stands to make millions, literally, should HB 5232 be voted into law by the Republican-led Michigan Legislature.
At the invitation of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, our statewide advocacy organization, I prepared the following three-minute statement as one invited to provide testimony to the Local Government Committee … Continue reading
If enacted, HB 5232 eliminates our greatest tool in halting impending demolition in the 11th hour. Here is the kicker, and why I believe Afendoulis is jamming this legislation through: relevant to the proposed Cass Park District which threatens Ilitch’s right to demo the aforementioned three buildings, under HB 5232, creating the new Cass Park Historic District would require not only enactment by the City Council but a majority approval by vote in the next public election, a delay that would afford the Ilitch demolition team plenty of time.