Belle Isle is on its way to becoming a state park, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

The state released a copy of a signed agreement leasing the Detroit-owned island park to the state for 30 years rent-free with the promise of up $10-20 million in state investment over the next three years.

State officials said the deal would save Detroit at least $4 million a year. City officials last year when the move was first proposed estimated as much as $6 million in annual savings.

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I think it is a long overdue change. Belle Isle is a gem and the City can’t maintain it any more.

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