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Westland Seeks Public Input on Proposed Repurposing of Marshall School Into Recreation


The City of Westland is currently exploring repurposing the vacant 120,000 square foot, Marshall Upper Elementary, which closed in 2020 and is slated for demolition. In February, the City entered into an agreement with Wayne-Westland Schools in order to conduct due diligence on the building to determine if it may be suitable to repurpose the space into a community/recreation center in a potential partnership with the Detroit Metro YMCA.

The building offers ample space, including 2 gymnasiums, a track, baseball and football fields, tennis facilities and band rooms, providing many opportunities for programable community assets.

In order to obtain public input, the City will be hosting two open houses at Marshall, located at 35100 Bayview St. The events will take place on:

Saturday, July 24

from 9am to noon


Saturday, July 31

from 9 am to noon

Residents are invited and encouraged to attend an open house where they will be welcome to explore the building and assist in the new vision for the space. Attendees can partake in self-guided tours and speak with members of the administration on potential re-use of each of the building's assets.

"Our team has a lot of great ideas and significant past success with retrofitting vacant space," commented Mayor William R. Wild. "The possibilities are endless and we are excited to hear from the residents on how they envision the site and what they'd like to see added to our recreational amenities."


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