Nowling: We're open to debt restructuring ideas that protect art - New York News

Nowling: We're open to debt restructuring ideas that protect the arts

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

"What we're doing, and what bankruptcy is, is a process to restructure the debt," explains Bill Nowling, a spokesman for the emergency manager's office.

A lot of that restructuring depends on what comes out of mediation. It's a process where all sides come to the table and make agreements that many won't like but are willing to live with.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is already working on a plan to get foundations, corporations and art lovers to either purchase a piece of art and donate it back to the museum, or buy the naming rights.

"I think there's a real core of people ... who would like to see the DIA be an independent organization," Thomas Guastello says. He is on the DIA's board. He believes the museum will be able to raise another $200 million to $300 million dollars.

"If it allows us to solve our issues; if it allows us to protect the art; if it allows us to make inroads in restructuring the suffocating death that the city's facing now, we're open to listening to that," Nowling says.

But there's a lot more on the table. The city's still working on a deal with the suburbs to create a regional Water Authority. But the fate of Detroit pensions will most likely be the biggest point of contention.

"You're going to see a lot of negotiation, a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiation going on between the parties, between the city and the creditors and the unions. You're going to see that ramp up now," says Nowling.  

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more in Fox 2's Alexis Wiley's report

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr is expected to release a detailed plan of adjustment at the beginning of January. The rest, which will detail the fate of Detroit's pensions, should be released in March.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:43:05 GMT
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices