Judges say Michigan district can lease facility to another school system

March 22, 2010
Panel says deed restriction doesn't prohibit Bloomfield Hills from leasing building to Waterford district
From The Detroit Free Press: A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has ruled that the Bloomfield Hills board can lease the Pine Lake Elementary School building to the Waterford School District without violating a 1955 deed restriction. The judges say the deed limits the ownership of the 11.72 acres to the Bloomfield Hills school district and that the property can be used for only a school. However, the justices rejected the argument that the district's use of the land is restricted solely to students of the district.August 2009...from The Detroit Free Press: The Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) school district plans to challenge a judge's order requiring it to evict disabled students from Waterford who are attending classes in a building rented from the district. Oakland County Circuit Judge Michael Warren ruled that the district violated a charitable trust set forth after the previous owner of Pine Lake Elementary School's 11.7-acre site granted the property to the district in 1955 on the condition that it be used as a school only for students in the district.

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