demolition http://michiganradio.org en Is building deconstruction viable on a large scale? Project suggests it just might be http://michiganradio.org/post/building-deconstruction-viable-large-scale-project-suggests-it-just-might-be <p>Wayne County officials say a large project proves that building deconstruction is becoming a viable alternative to demolition.</p><p>Deconstruction is the process of carefully taking apart abandoned properties, and salvaging as many materials from them as possible.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18354 at http://michiganradio.org Is building deconstruction viable on a large scale? Project suggests it just might be Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another http://michiganradio.org/post/demolition-crews-bring-down-part-downtown-jackson-landmark-sparing-another <p>After days of worry, demolition crews successfully brought down part of one downtown Jackson landmark without damaging another.</p><p></p><p>Demolition crews have spent months gutting the old Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>But Thursday, part of the building started leaning precariously toward a century and a half old church next door.&nbsp; First Congregational Church and other nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.</p><p> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:21:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14427 at http://michiganradio.org Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another Rep. Dan Kildee calls for federal aid to tear down abandoned homes http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-dan-kildee-calls-federal-aid-tear-down-abandoned-homes <p></p><p>Democratic U.S. Representative Dan Kildee is one of the newest members of congress. Kildee’s first piece of legislation is a proposal &nbsp;to free up more than $1 billion in federal aid to help cities such as Detroit and Flint tear down thousands of abandoned homes. He hopes this plan will serve to stabilize neighborhoods. Congressman Kildee&nbsp;r<span style="line-height: 1.5;">epresents Michigan’s&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">5th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;congressional district.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:21:08 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 12175 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Dan Kildee calls for federal aid to tear down abandoned homes Detroit kicks off demolition blitz http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-kicks-demolition-blitz <p>The city of Detroit has launched an effort to take down more than 150 vacant homes in one city neighborhood.</p><p>The effort kicked off at one intersection in southwest Detroit, where multiple apartment buildings stood vacant and scrapped.</p><p>The demolition campaign is part of Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s plans to demolish 1500 abandoned buildings citywide by fall.</p><p>It&rsquo;s also tied to Bing&rsquo;s Detroit Works project, which is an effort to direct resources into stemming blight in some of the city&rsquo;s more stable neighborhoods.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:56:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8367 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit kicks off demolition blitz Mayor Bing hopes to raze 1,500 more abandoned buildings in Detroit this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-bing-hopes-raze-1500-more-abandoned-buildings-detroit-summer <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has plans to demolish 1,500 abandoned structures in the city over the next three months.</p><p>In a press release, Bing&#39;s office said the &quot;Summer 2012 Demolition Plan&quot; is part of a larger effort to raze 10,000 dangerous and abandoned buildings by the end of the mayor&#39;s first term. Over 4,500 homes and other empty buildings have been demolished so far.</p><p>Removing abandoned structures in Detroit, the press release says, is a key part of Mayor Bing&#39;s &quot;blight elimination and neighborhood stabilization plans, the U.S. Department of Justice Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the Safe Routes to School campaign.&quot;</p><p>Some 350 of the buildings slated for removal this summer were suggested by students, parents and patrol volunteers at area high schools.</p><p>Mayor Bing is set to make an official announcement later this afternoon at the site of one home set for demolition today on Detroit&#39;s east side.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:11:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8033 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Bing hopes to raze 1,500 more abandoned buildings in Detroit this summer Deconstructing Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/deconstructing-detroit <p>Nearly a quarter of the homes in Detroit are empty. That&rsquo;s more than 79,000 vacant homes, according to the last Census.</p><p>Of those, Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s office considers 12,000 to be dangerous. They&rsquo;re burned out, or falling apart. They attract squatters and drug dealers. So the city is paying contractors to<a href="http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201105/detroit-renovation"> demolish</a> them.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:28:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3773 at http://michiganradio.org Deconstructing Detroit Remembering the old Cass Tech High School in Detroit (with video) http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-old-cass-tech-high-school-detroit-video <p>When a hand full of Cass Technical High School graduates from the class of '78 failed to call their fellow classmate for a field trip to the old school, Tony Lockard turned to social media.</p><p>Lockard&nbsp; posted a message on Facebook calling for fellow graduates to come out and bid farewell to the old building one last time. He says he got message from people from all over the country.</p><blockquote><p>"One man said that he lived in four different continents, and he’s met somebody from Cass in four different continents. So Cass Tech touches not just locally, it’s a global reach."</p></blockquote><p>Since June, demolition of the almost 100 year old building has been in progress.&nbsp; The facade of the building facing Second Avenue is the only thing still standing. Lockard hopes people will visit the site one last time and reunite with old friends.</p><p>Arvella Watkins says the building was special. She's a '65 Cass Tech graduate.</p><blockquote><p>"Even now I have dreams about going to Cass and running up and down stairs and riding the elevators. ”</p></blockquote><p>You can see video of the old school and hear interviews with Cass Tech graduates, including an interview with <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/jennifer-white">Michigan Radio's Jennifer White</a>.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX0DYH6lLd4</p><p> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:57:19 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 3376 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering the old Cass Tech High School in Detroit (with video) Flint races to tear down derelict homes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-races-tear-down-derelict-homes <p>The city of Flint is racing to complete dozens of home demolitions by the end of the month. City crews are racing the clock and the weather to meet a deadline tied to a federal grant.</p><p>John Evans watched Wednesday as a piece of heavy equipment tears into a vacant home on Flint&rsquo;s north side.&nbsp; Pulling down its brick chimney.&nbsp; The bricks splintering wood as they fall.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a welcome sight to John Evans.&nbsp; He lives next door.&nbsp; Evans says the vacant home has become a magnet to Flint&rsquo;s homeless, who often set fires inside to stay warm.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:50:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 1581 at http://michiganradio.org Flint races to tear down derelict homes