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Gov. Snyder signs laws to redevelop old Michigan State Fairgrounds

The giant stove from the Michigan Stove Company at the Michigan State Fair.
Bob Vigiletti
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Michigan Radio Picture Project
The Giant Stove at the 1998 Michigan State Fair.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed two laws aimed at fostering redevelopment of the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.

The last state fair was in 2009. After that, the 160-acre site along Detroit's northern border was no longer used.

More from the Associated Press:

Laws signed by Snyder on Monday transfer the fairgrounds to a state land bank and create a local advisory committee that would have input on future uses. The land could not be used for a prison, casino, racetrack or rail yard. State Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. says he'd like a movie theater and big-box retail at the old fairgrounds. He's tired of seeing the blighted property. The state fair was held there for more than 100 years.

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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