12/13/2012 09:10 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2013

State Tells Detroit Time Is Running Out On Belle Isle Deal

DETROIT, MI - The state is hoping to fit in one more victory before the end of the year in its reform agenda for Detroit, asking City Council to commit to turning Belle Isle into a state park by Dec. 17.

The council on Tuesday narrowly approved several other state-set milestones, including a contract members vehemently opposed for months, but ultimately accepted after some changes and under the threat of appointment of an emergency financial manager.

Now an adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder, citing a number of changes to the Belle Isle proposal addressing a long list of concerns identified by the council, says the lease agreement could now be ready for approval in time for state-funded improvements to the island park to begin next year.

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