The State Fairgrounds Development Coalition on Tuesday sued the city of Detroit in an attempt to halt its proposed sale of the largely vacant site to developers for a $400 million Amazon.com Inc. facility.
The group has railed against the deal, which Detroit City Council approved Tuesday and is expected to close next Friday. In the lawsuit filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, it alleges that the city, Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials violated local law by failing to abide by Detroit’s community benefits and outreach ordinances before selling the land.
Tonya Myers Phillips, a coalition steering committee member and attorney with the Sugar Law Center in Detroit, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the coalition and its co-chairs, Frank and Karen Hammer. The group had been pushing for a grassroots, publicly usable redevelopment of the fairgrounds site for eight years.
In the land purchase that City Council approved