A Wayne County Circuit Court judge issued an order temporarily stopping the city of Detroit from selling the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to developers for a $400 million Amazon.com Inc. facility.
The deal with Detroit-based Sterling Group and Dallas-based Hillwood Enterprises LP to buy the 142 acre site for $16 million, including the land sale and money to construct a replacement public transit center, was expected to close around Friday. It got the Detroit City Council approvals needed for the sale on Oct. 20.
The State Fairgrounds Development Coalition, which was seeking a publicly usable redevelopment of the site, has railed against the Amazon deal and sued the city over it, also on Oct. 20.
“The court finds plaintiffs will experience immediate and irreparable harm unless defendants are immediately restrained and enjoined,” Judge Sheila Ann Gibson wrote in Wednesday’s order, of which Crain’s received a copy. “The court also having