Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to reopen for summer concerts after 3-year shutdown
The company that leases and manages Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights plans to host its first summer concert season since 2009 after resolving a long-simmering dispute with Macomb County.
County Executive Mark Hackel announced today that the county had resolved litigation dating back to before the theater’s closure with Hillside Productions Inc., co-owned by Joseph Vicari and Gary Roncelli. The venue will reopen under the terms of a previous agreement with Hillside, the county said.
“We see the reopening to be a win for everyone.” Hackel said in a statement. “The public will have greater access to national entertainment opportunities, and local businesses will benefit from more customers coming to the area. It is just one more reason why people would want to make Macomb their home.”
Hillside management is scheduling acts, and an opening date for the summer entertainment season is yet to be determined, Hackel’s office said.
Hank Riberas, director of real estate and business development for Sterling Heights-based Roncelli Inc. and spokesman for Hillside, could not be immediately reached for comment today.
Macomb also closed Freedom Hill County Park in 2010 because of county budget constraints.
“This will put a valuable community resource back into public use,” Hackel said of the theater.