- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) - Officials say farmers market sheds that block a roadway between the poverty-pocked east side of Detroit and upscale Grosse Pointe Park aren’t expected to be removed anytime soon.

The cities’ mayors in October reached an agreement to remove the sheds, which some say were erected as a hostile act.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/162gvTE ) Grosse Pointe Park City Council heard comments on the issue Monday night. City Councilman David Clark says the blockade will eventually come down or at least change its form, “but it’s not going to be soon.”

The deal includes removing blight and redeveloping the border area between the two cities to create a connecting gateway. Grosse Pointe Park will reopen drivers’ access to the blocked off Kercheval Avenue, where workers finished building traffic barriers and sheds earlier this year.

Detroit Land Bank Authority spokesman Craig Fahle told officials Monday that Detroit is taking rapid action against blighted properties on the Detroit side of the border.

Grosse Pointe Park City Attorney Dennis Levasseur says the community is negotiating with Detroit about “a comprehensive development on Kercheval.”

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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