Saturday, May 01, 2010

Certificate of Forfeiture Issued Over Michael Malik's Lake Front Property; Casino Syndicator Owes Thousands in Back Property Taxes

On April 1, 2010 the Treasurer of Wayne County, Michigan, issued a Certificate of Forfeiture of Real Property on a residence at 960 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. This is a mid-century lake front home in one of Detroit’s most fabled neighborhoods owned by casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr.

Typically a Certificate of Forfeiture is issued when a property owner fails to pay his or her property taxes; and, in lieu of payment, the governing authority elects to seize the real property.

(1) 960 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
In 2001, Michael J. Malik, Sr. (G P Development LLC) purchased the residential property at 960 Lake Shore Rd. from the Louis A. Fisher, Jr. Trust with a $4,250,000 mortgage held by Comerica Bank.  It had been the primary residence of Louis A. Fisher and his wife Virginia Nesbitt Fisher until their deaths respectively in 2000 and 1978. Louis was the son of William A. Fisher who along with his six brothers founded Fisher Body Corporation in 1908.  Fisher Body would later become a division of General Motors Company.

The property located at 960 Lake Shore Rd. and fronting Lake St. Clair is located in one of greater Detroit’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  Living two doors south from the Malik property are Mr. and Mrs. Matty Moroun (956 Lake Shore Rd.) owners of Detroit International Bridge Co. (Ambassador Bridge).  Approximately six doors north is the vast estate of William Clay Ford, Jr. (1000 Lake Shore Rd.) once the home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford. 

It’s not clear who, if anyone, currently inhabits the residence at 960 Lake Shore Rd.; however, between 2000 and 2008, Malik and his wife/ex- wife Michele M. Malik, owned three residential properties on Lake Shore Grosse Pointe Shores:   
  • 583 Lake Shore Rd., a 6,052 square foot home with seven bathrooms, built in 1961 and purchased in May 2003 for $2,000,000. Township records indicate the property was seized by the Sheriff who granted the deed to La Salle Bank Midwest N.A. in November 2008.  Township Property Records
  • 591 Lake Shore Rd., an 8,439 square foot home with five bathrooms, built in 1961 and purchased February 2000 for $2,100,000. Township records indicate this property is still owned by Michael Malik and his ex-wife Michelle.  The tax bill is sent to Malik’s office at 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.  Township Property Records
  • 960 Lake Shore Rd., a 5,511 square foot home with five bathrooms built in 1955 and purchased in 2001 for $4,250,000 – the property for which the Certificate of Forfeiture was issued.  Township Property Records

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