Detroit Riverside park to expand after city deal with Maroun

 A new deal means new opportunities, but first the deal has to be signed off on.

 Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan partnered with ambassador bridge company owner Manuel "Matty" Maroun to expand a park and spruce up the old train depot.

The two have moved closer to a second bridge between the United States and Canada as part of a multimillion dollar expansion for Riverside Park in Southwest Detroit.  

To  do it, the city is swapping land with bridge owner Matty Maroun.  Here's the deal. The city gets five acres of waterfront property and $5 million. 

The city gives Maroun three acres of city property to build a possible second span of the Ambassador Bridge.   

FOX 2: "How much money has the Maroun spent to get a second span?"  

"That's a horrible question, I don't want to think about that much money," Matthew Maroun quipped.

And there's more. Moroun Agrees to replace over 1,000 windows at the train station by the end of the year and the money given to the city will rebuild and reopen Riverside Park.

 "We've got baseball fields coming and soccer fields," said councilwoman Janee Ayers. "It will be green space. People may just want to lay out, read a book, fish, whatever. 

"These are great plans, it sounds fantastic. I can't wait to get the documents to do my due diligence for the city of Detroit."

The state of Michigan, DEQ, the federal government, Canada and the city council have to approve it.

Some, like Raquel Castaneda Lopez, already have questions.


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