Long-time MCHR board member Frank Hammer and his wife, Karen, have lived across the street from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds for 40 years. Since the final Michigan State Fair held there in 2009, the Hammers have been leading a group of Detroit activists in promoting a sustainable and community oriented re-development of the site.
Detour Detroit recently published an article on the events leading up to the controversial deal the City of Detroit made with commercial real estate interests to redevelop the site, which will include a $400 million, 300,000 sq. ft. Amazon distribution facility as its centerpiece. The coverage also examines the dedicated advocacy and activism of Frank and Karen, as they continue to fight for a redevelopment plan that considers the needs of the community.
Click here to read the Detour Detroit coverage (“Detroiters Spent Years Imagining the State Fairground’s Future. Why Didn’t the City Listen?”)