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A Detroit businessman wants to turn some of the city's vacant land into the realm of the living dead, but city officials aren't hungry to see it happen, the Detroit Free Press reports.
"No. And the city has no further comment on this proposal," Naomi Patton, spokeswoman for Mayor Dave Bing, told the newspaper when asked about the plan for Z World Detroit, a theme park with a zombie apocalypse twist. Patton indicated that the planning and development department did not consider the proposal to be an appropriate use of city land.
Marc Siwak, who works in finance in Detroit, is trying to raise $145,000 to realize his vision for the project, according to the Free Press. He is eyeing land in the city's east side, much of which is owned by the city.
Siwak's dream might be unconventional, but it's not unprecedented: The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse opened in October 2010, according to Atlanta magazine, after its owner purchased some abandoned land to use as a stage for his zombie-themed haunted house. It now bills itself as Atlanta's largest horror attraction and has been featured on The Weather Channel and Fangoria, a long-standing horror magazine.