July 17, 2008

Breaking: Mich. Senators Secure $4 Million Earmark for Tiger Stadium

At last some good (possible) news for those who want to save part of Tiger Stadium.

According to a news release on Michigan Senator Carl Levin‘s Senate Web site:

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Carl Levin (D-MI) today announced the inclusion of $13,500,000 for Michigan transportation and community outreach projects in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Bill, which the Senate Appropriations Committee approved yesterday.

The real news Tiger Stadium fans want to hear is down in the details about the HUD projects, which includes:

$4,000,000, Preservation and redevelopment of a public park and related business activities in the Corktown neighborhood (Detroit)

Of course:

The bill still needs to be approved by the full Senate and a House-Senate conference committee before being given final approval by Congress and being signed into law by the president.

I’m not aware of any other “preservation and redevelopment of a public park” in Corktown, so it’s safe to presume this money is tagged for Tiger Stadium and, one would hope, the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy‘s plan for saving and renovating portions of the stadium.

Surprisingly, this new hasn’t been announced to or in the media, but it’s readily available on Levin’s site and it’s listed in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Bill site. The site is clunky so I’m not able to link directly to the bill — the PDF comes up as gobbledygook — but you can access it by visiting the U.S. Government Printing Office Web site and searching for “S.Rpt.110-418 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES” (without the quote marks).

Stay tuned.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Kyle J | Jul 18, 2008 | Reply

    I know more about the state budget than the federal budget, but I don’t think you can take anything for granted until it’s in the conference report.

    A good sign, though. If we’re going to have earmarks, they might as well be for important things like saving a great baseball stadium.

  2. Steve | Jul 18, 2008 | Reply

    I have been a huge Tiger fan since I can remember, but this is a waste federal tax dollars. This transportation bill is no more of a transportation bill than I am a bus driver. I drove 5 miles down the road behind and empty bus here. If it that important to the people of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan than those governmetal bodies should fund such a “Preservation and redevelopment of a public park” or local businesses should find a way to save it and make it a profit center. Wake up people !!!

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