Conflict with building ownership could close sports complex - WNEM TV 5

Conflict with building ownership could close sports complex

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -

Luke Lloyd spends his nights teaching basketball skills to Flint-area children.

It's his passion and love.

"I poured my life into this place and so has my partner," Lloyd said.

He says a few years ago, he and his partner took over the Hill Road Hoops building, which also has a weight room and tennis courts in it. But he said in that time, the building has fallen into disrepair.

"We can't fix it up because it's not our building, we can't come to a solution with the owners, and unfortunately, we're at a situation where our hands are kind of tied and we have to move on," Lloyd said.

Because of problems most notably a leaking roof and inadequate heating, Lloyd said members are leaving and it looks like they'll be forced to close the doors.

Parents said the news is shocking.

"It's a very big loss. It's really too bad that it's happening, and I hope they can pick back up somewhere else," said parent Eric Wheeler.

Lloyd said there's a lot of good that happens within these four walls and he hopes they can save this business.

"Honestly, I still have hope that we can save it, but it's going to be a miracle for sure," Lloyd said.

Lloyd said they'll continue negotiating with the owner in hopes that they'll come up with some type of agreement.

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