State Board Approves Belle Isle Lease

November 13, 2013

"There are lots of things that need work..."

--Saunteel Jenkins, Detroit City Council President

The state will lease Belle Isle from the city of Detroit for 30 years under an agreement approved by an emergency loan board in Lansing. Board members approved the lease signed by Governor Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Belle Isle will become a state park and is supposed to receive millions of dollars in improvements. The city will still own Belle Isle and may save about $6-million a year in maintenance. Saunteel Jenkins is the president of the Detroit City Council, which favored a shorter lease--10 years instead of 30. She tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that she's nor surprised by the loan board's decision. But she is concerned the state might not do anything to help Belle Isle.