Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

April 24, 2014
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Richard Etue, seen here, was one of 12 members elected to the Neighborhood Advisory Council on Wednesday, April 23. (Ryan Felton/Metro Times)

Richard Etue, seen here, was one of 12 members elected to the Neighborhood Advisory Council on Wednesday, April 23. (Ryan Felton/Metro Times)

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown.

About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business.

According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month.

As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

  • nobsartist

    They should start by demanding the ilitch family of millionaire welfare queens pay the 75 million they owe the city in back taxes and then apologize for the Tiger Stadium fuck up.
    Then they should take up a collection and buy the bums bus tickets to get out of town.