Contractor Bobby Ferguson had a chunk of the $8.5 million renovation of an east-side recreation center that is expected to be at the center of new corruption allegations.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow has said today the next “chapter” in the government’s case against Kwame Kilpatrick and Ferguson will be about a recreation center. Prosecutors are skipping ahead because of injuries sustained by defense attorney Susan Van Dusen.
City records show that Xcel Construction, a Ferguson firm, was a contractor on the project to revamp the Heilmann Recreation Center, south of State Fair and east of Hayes.
The old center was demolished and a new building constructed, complete with a gym, a pool and work out rooms. The work was highlighted in a 2006 list of recreation department accomplishments. The project was done jointly by the city recreation department and the Detroit Building Authority.
It’s unclear what the allegations will be; they were not leveled in the 100-page indictment.