Burns: Plans to rehab Hamtramck Negro Leagues ballpark taking shape

From Gus Burns at the Detroit Free Press on December 5, 2017:

Officials are making moves toward a plan to renovate the historic Hamtramck Stadium, a still-standing relic from a past when sports were segregated by race.

Hamtramck hired Smith Group JJR for $76,900-plus to create a pre-development plan as a precursor to any construction, city planners announced Monday.

Hamtramck received a $50,000 National Parks Service African American Civil Rights grant to offset the bulk of the cost.

“So the grant from the National Park Service was capped out at $50,000,” Hamtramck City Planner Melanie Markowicz said at the latest Transition Advisory Board meeting, when the contract was approved. “However, for what we’re asking for … it was going to cost more than $50,000 and all the bids came in more than $50,000.

Read the full article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/12/plans_to_rehab_old_negro_leagu.html

Originally published: December 6, 2017. Last Updated: December 6, 2017.