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Michigan Supreme Court Will Not Hear Sports Complex Case
Saturday Jan 06, 2018 7:21am
Lansing, MI.

By: Mike Stiles

(LANSING) – An appeal by the City of Three Rivers will not be heard by the Michigan Supreme Court.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced they would not hear an appeal by Three Rivers of an Appellate Court ruling from May 2017 that upholds Lockport Township’s claim that the annexation of an 80 acre piece of land by the City was not allowable.

In May, the Michigan Third District Court of Appeals ruled that the parcel between North Main Street and Buckhorn Road, known as the “Field Of Dreams”, was not vacant and could not be annexed into the City. In February 2016, St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton ruled the land was vacant.

Lockport Township officials argued that because a permanent easement and buried water line infrastructure are on the property, it is not vacant and can't be annexed. In their ruling, the three judges cited other cases in Ann Arbor and Saline that they looked at in making their decision.

In April the Michigan State Boundary Commission held a public hearing and then voted 3-2 in favor of Three Rivers in their request to annex the land.

The property was purchased by the City of Three Rivers for $775,000. The plan was to develop the land to have fields for youth soccer, football, baseball and softball.


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