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Zoom link: https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/89111605613
Meeting ID: 891 1160 5613
(312) 626 – 6799
"There's a lot of emotion," Duggan said. "I saw concerts at this bandshell. A lot of folks remember this, and they said, 'Can't we do something about the history of the Fairgrounds?' And I'm very glad to say that my partner [Detroit City Councilman] Roy McCalister has been emphatic that we are going to save this bandshell."
Mayor Duggan said the city did a "physical assessment" of the structure and hopes to be able to relocate the bandshell to Palmer Park, the city's first choice, as long as the neighbors want it there. If not, Duggan said they will consider other locations.
Two meetings held
The City of Detroit/General Services Department presented three location options at the People for Palmer Park Annual Meeting on 4/17/2021 which sparked the first public discussion on the pros/cons, concerns and questions some of the surrounding community has about the proposed location.
The City then held another presentation and discussion on the bandshell relocation at their April District 2 Meeting on 5/11/2021. Because of the short notice, there were many voices not present at the discussion as we had hoped, but some support as well as some concerns arose. SEE 5/11/2021 MEETING NOTES below.
While the 5/27 late announcement of a FINAL DISCUSSION MEETING is once again very last minute, we are doing our best to get word out to the community. We hope you will attend, prepare to share your thoughts/concerns/support and spread the word to others in the community.
5/11/2021 MEETING NOTES
About the bandshell structure:
- Heavy timber, wood bolted structure, still in very good condition. City would selectively dismantle, look at structure and to make sure it meets current day requirements, and transport over to the new site and assemble with same structural integrity.
- The clapboard/plywood siding in poor condition and will be restored with new materials to replicate.
- The move does not include the single story, back-of-house part of structure, which is also to be rebuilt. A smaller back-of-house likely that would serve the bandshell, loading for performance, storing and a green room.
- Location options were whittled down from 5 or 6 to three (pictured) based on what was ideal for construction and community.
- 7 Mile & Pontchartrain
- New parking would be a grass-based (not paved) option
- Near 12th Precinct, 7 Mile
- Closer to Woodward
- Woodward & Merrill Plaisance
- Close proximity to Joe Louis Greenway and it’s planned connectivity
- Existing Parking lots in area