- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A strategic plan is being developed for Detroit’s Belle Isle that could lead to lodgings, restaurants and more on the island.

The Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1cKpMTp ) reports the Belle Isle Conservancy met recently with a New York-based redevelopment and architectural consultant as it considers ways to redefine the island. The consultant has four to six months to complete the strategic plan.

Dan Biederman, president of the consulting firm, says there’s a clear need for food facilities on the 982-acre island.

Conservancy president Michele Hodges estimates adding lodging and restaurants would cost “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Michigan Department of Natural Resources chief Ron Olson says the conservancy would need approval from the state.

Belle Isle became a state park last year as part of a cost-cutting effort for Detroit.

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

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