$100 million redevelopment at River Raisin battlefield park to begin in 2020

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By The Associated Press, Published 2:28 p.m. ET March 25, 2019

MONROE, Mich. — The River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation says most of the construction for the historic Michigan site’s estimated $100 million redevelopment will begin next year.

The Monroe News reports that the foundation’s executive director, Toni Cooper, recently unveiled details and a timeline for the redevelopment project in Monroe.

Cooper says the first step is a $2 million upgrade to the education center located at the site of the Battle of Frenchtown, an important battle in the War of 1812.

Toni Cooper, right, executive director of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation, reveals the upcoming plans for development of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park,as part of the Heritage Corridor investment as Chief Ted Roll, left, of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation listens March 21, 2019 in Monroe, Mich. (Photo: Caitlin Taylor, Monroe News)

Cooper announced plans for historically accurate barns, houses and a trading post in the recreation of Frenchtown. Construction is expected to start in 2020.

The Wyandot of Anderdon Nation will also build a $10 million tribal center at the site, which will include a boardwalk for kayaking and fishing.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park is the only national park dedicated to the War of 1812. (Photo: River Raisin National Battlefield Park)