Old Michigan Inn site in legal tug of war between owner and city of Southfield


>>>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING
ABOUT THIS STORY INDEED. ABOUT THIS STORY INDEED.
THANKS. THANKS.
>>>FOR YEARS THE MICHIGAN INN>>>FOR YEARS THE MICHIGAN INN
WAS A GO-TO SPOT IN METRO WAS A GO-TO SPOT IN METRO
DETROIT BUT THE YEARS AND DETROIT BUT THE YEARS AND
DIFFERENT OTHER THANES HAVE DIFFERENT OTHER THANES HAVE
TAKEN A TOLL ON THE PROPERTY. TAKEN A TOLL ON THE PROPERTY.
MARA McDONALD IS LIVE IN MARA McDONALD IS LIVE IN
SOUTHFIELD TOMORROW. SOUTHFIELD TOMORROW.
THEY’RE GOING TO COURT IN THE THEY’RE GOING TO COURT IN THE
MORNING TO TRY TO FORCE A MORNING TO TRY TO FORCE A
CHANGE. CHANGE.
>>THEY SURE ARE, DEVIN, AND>>THEY SURE ARE, DEVIN, AND
IT’S THE LATEST ROUND IN THE IT’S THE LATEST ROUND IN THE
TEN-YEAR LEGAL TUG-OF-WAR TO TEN-YEAR LEGAL TUG-OF-WAR TO
MAKE THIS PROPERTY NOT LOOK LIKE MAKE THIS PROPERTY NOT LOOK LIKE
THIS. THIS.
LOKING AT ITS BATTERED AND LOKING AT ITS BATTERED AND
DECAYING EXTERIOR, IT’S HARD TO DECAYING EXTERIOR, IT’S HARD TO
BELIEVE IN THE 70s MICHIGAN INN BELIEVE IN THE 70s MICHIGAN INN
WAS A HAPPENING SPOT, THE KIND WAS A HAPPENING SPOT, THE KIND
OF PLACE TO TAKE YOUR MOEM FOR A OF PLACE TO TAKE YOUR MOEM FOR A
SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH. SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH.
>>IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO>>IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO
BECOME A TRAIN STATION. BECOME A TRAIN STATION.
I’M WORRIED. I’M WORRIED.
>>HE REFERENCED MICHIGAN>>HE REFERENCED MICHIGAN
CENTRAL STATION. CENTRAL STATION.
THE HOTEL ISN’T A TOP SHELF THE HOTEL ISN’T A TOP SHELF
DESTINATION IN DECADES, BUT THE DESTINATION IN DECADES, BUT THE
LAST TEN HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY LAST TEN HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY
ROUGH. ROUGH.
THE LLC THAT BOUGHT IT HAD THE THE LLC THAT BOUGHT IT HAD THE
PROPERTY GO INTO BANKRUPTCY AND PROPERTY GO INTO BANKRUPTCY AND
THERE’S A TUG-OF-WAR TO PAY BACK THERE’S A TUG-OF-WAR TO PAY BACK
TAXES AND FIRE DRILLS. TAXES AND FIRE DRILLS.
>>THE BUILDING WAS SUPPOSED TO>>THE BUILDING WAS SUPPOSED TO
MAKE A $2.1 MILLION INVESTMENT MAKE A $2.1 MILLION INVESTMENT
TO STABILIZE THE BUILDING. TO STABILIZE THE BUILDING.
THAT TO THIS DAY FIVE YEARS THAT TO THIS DAY FIVE YEARS
LATER STILL HAS NOT HAPPENED. LATER STILL HAS NOT HAPPENED.
THEY WERE TO STAY CURRENT ON THEY WERE TO STAY CURRENT ON
TAXES. TAXES.
TAX PAYMENT HISTORY HAS BEEN TAX PAYMENT HISTORY HAS BEEN
REAL SPOTTY. REAL SPOTTY.
>>Reporter: THE CURRENT>>Reporter: THE CURRENT
OWNERSHIP GROUP IN ITS LEGAL OWNERSHIP GROUP IN ITS LEGAL
FILINGS CLAIMS THE CITY OF FILINGS CLAIMS THE CITY OF
SOUTHFIELD IS THE PROBLEM HERE. SOUTHFIELD IS THE PROBLEM HERE.
IT STANDS IN THE WAY OF IT STANDS IN THE WAY OF
REDEVELOPING THE SITE WITH REDEVELOPING THE SITE WITH
DEMANDS AND CLAIMS THE CITY IS DEMANDS AND CLAIMS THE CITY IS
ATTEMPTING A LAND GRAB. ATTEMPTING A LAND GRAB.
NOT SO ACCORDING TO ZORN. NOT SO ACCORDING TO ZORN.
>>TOMORROW WE’RE IN COURT>>TOMORROW WE’RE IN COURT
ASKING THE JUDGE TO PUT THE ASKING THE JUDGE TO PUT THE
BUILDING IN THE HANDS OF A BUILDING IN THE HANDS OF A
RECEIVER IN THE HOPE WE GET AN RECEIVER IN THE HOPE WE GET AN
ENTITY TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT. ENTITY TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT.
>>Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE,>>Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE,
ZORN SAYS UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ZORN SAYS UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES
DID THE CITY OF SOUTHFIELD WANT DID THE CITY OF SOUTHFIELD WANT
TO OWN THIS PROPERTY. TO OWN THIS PROPERTY.
WHAT IT WANTS IS THIS PROPERTY WHAT IT WANTS IS THIS PROPERTY
NOT TO LOOK LIKE THIS. NOT TO LOOK LIKE THIS.
SOUTHFIELD IS TRYING TO FORCE A SOUTHFIELD IS TRYING TO FORCE A
CHANGE HERE. CHANGE HERE.
IT HASN’T WORKED TWICE BEFORE, IT HASN’T WORKED TWICE BEFORE,
AND LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS
TOMORROW. TOMORROW.
WE’RE LIVE IN SOUTHFIELD

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