detroit vacant properties http://michiganradio.org en Detroit City Council approves massive property transfer to city land bank http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-approves-massive-property-transfer-city-land-bank <p>The Detroit City Council has agreed to <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140415/METRO01/304150095/1361/Detroit-council-OKs-transferring-city-owned-properties-to-land-bank">transfer more than 16,000 city owned properties to Detroit’s land bank authority</a>.</p><p>The transfer allows Mayor Mike Duggan’s ambitious blight eradication efforts to move forward.</p><p>Duggan wants to use the non-profit land bank as a key tool in the fight against blight.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17247 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves massive property transfer to city land bank Detroit's historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will soon be gone http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-historic-brewster-douglass-housing-projects-will-soon-be-gone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will finally come all the way down sometime this spring.</span></p><p>The<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140310/NEWS01/303100115/brewster-douglass-demolition-detroit-projects"> final stage of the ongoing demolition effort </a>at the 18.5 acre site started Monday. Officials say it will last for another two months, while land restoration will continue throughout the summer.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16805 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will soon be gone No, Chinese investors aren't 'buying up Detroit' – but they do have an eye on the Motor City http://michiganradio.org/post/no-chinese-investors-arent-buying-detroit-they-do-have-eye-motor-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since Detroit filed for bankruptcy last summer, there have been lots of stories going around about major Chinese money pouring into city real estate.</span>The&nbsp;<a href="http://money.msn.com/investing/post--chinese-investors-are-buying-up-detroit">headlines tend to read something like</a>: “China is buying up Detroit.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In truth, there’s not much hard evidence to support that kind of dramatic claim.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16638 at http://michiganradio.org No, Chinese investors aren't 'buying up Detroit' – but they do have an eye on the Motor City Detroit leaders promise ambitious 'Future City' plan will become reality http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-leaders-promise-ambitious-future-city-plan-will-become-reality <p>Detroit officials say they’re committed to making the <a href="http://detroitfuturecity.com/">Detroit Future City</a> plan a reality.</p><p>The comprehensive –and controversial – plan has been years in the making. It’s meant to serve as a long-term guide for city leaders and policy-makers.</p><p>Detroit Future City started with a more modest goal –finding a better way to deal with Detroit’s abundant vacant land.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16536 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit leaders promise ambitious 'Future City' plan will become reality Detroit group: City needs to spread development efforts to neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-group-city-needs-spread-development-efforts-neighborhoods <p>A group of grassroots Detroit activists says the city needs to broaden its vision of re-development beyond downtown.</p><p>The group Michigan United has proposed a plan it calls “restoring our communities.”</p><p>It proposes a city ordinance with concrete measures to control blight and revitalize Detroit’s suffering residential neighborhoods.</p><p>Measures include:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Requiring banks to post a $10,000 bond for each foreclosure. Groups leaders say this has worked well and raised revenue in other cities.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:48:29 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14890 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit group: City needs to spread development efforts to neighborhoods Anti-foreclosure funds will raze thousands of homes in Detroit, 4 other Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-foreclosure-funds-will-raze-thousands-homes-detroit-4-other-michigan-cities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130826/METRO01/308260078/Snyder-officials-launch-52M-blight-removal-program-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Thousands of vacant homes will come down in five Michigan cities</a>, thanks to a diversion of federal money.</span></p><p>The first blighted homes demolished in the $100 million effort came down in the Marygrove neighborhood on Detroit’s west side Monday.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:42:53 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14147 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-foreclosure funds will raze thousands of homes in Detroit, 4 other Michigan cities Stateside: Concerned residents and their neighborhood improvements http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-concerned-residents-and-their-neighborhood-improvements <p>Detroit's revitalization is a recurring topic on Stateside.</p><p>The city's vacant buildings are an interactive lesson in real estate and community maintenance.</p><p>Today, Stateside focused on neighborhood improvement and community engagement.</p><p>Heidi Alcock of the <a href="http://www.foreclosuredetroit.org/pages/Detroit_Vacant_Property_Campaign___Foreclosure_Detroit">Detroit Vacant Property Campaign</a> and Tom Goddeeris of the <a href="http://www.grandmontrosedale.com/">Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation</a> shared their revitalization goals.</p><p>Alcock started the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign to reduce the amount of abandoned buildings in Detroit- improving both property value and morale.</p><p>“One vacant property can be very dangerous on an otherwise stable block,” said Alcock.</p><p>“Beginning with the mortgage foreclosure crisis we’ve seen vacancy rate go from about 2% in 2000 to 11% in 2010. Probably the biggest impact it’s had on our community is that it has driven values down,” said Goddeeris. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:59:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10668 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Concerned residents and their neighborhood improvements Shuttered Detroit fire station hit by vandals http://michiganradio.org/post/shuttered-detroit-fire-station-hit-vandals <p>Another shuttered fire station in Detroit has been vandalized.</p><p>City officials confirmed Monday night that the former Engine 10 quarters in southwest Detroit was hit by vandals, and that some copper piping was stolen.</p><p>A fire department spokesman would not release further details about the extent of the vandalism Tuesday, saying the department was still looking into it.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:56:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9220 at http://michiganradio.org Shuttered Detroit fire station hit by vandals Slowly, Bing plans for Detroit neighborhoods move forward http://michiganradio.org/post/slowly-bing-plans-detroit-neighborhoods-move-forward <p>Detroit officials are showing off progress on some of Mayor Dave Bing’s signature initiatives.</p><p>Bing toured a rehabbed historic house in the city’s once-prestigious Boston-Edison neighborhood Tuesday. Boston-Edison has historically been one of the city’s stronger communities, but it’s seen blight creep in steadily over recent years.</p><p>The Bing administration aims to reverse that with initiatives like the <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/for-detroit-to-work-we-need-action-today/">Detroit Works Project</a>, which directs resources into the city’s more stable neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:57:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8756 at http://michiganradio.org Slowly, Bing plans for Detroit neighborhoods move forward Targeted Detroit neighborhoods, schools get major boost http://michiganradio.org/post/targeted-detroit-neighborhoods-schools-get-major-boost <p>The state of Michigan, the city of Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools have launched an intensive effort to stabilize some city neighborhoods.</p><p>The targeted interventions focus on three major areas around a total of nine schools across the city.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:59:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8529 at http://michiganradio.org Targeted Detroit neighborhoods, schools get major boost 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 Detroit's 'Summer 2012 Demolition Plan' receives bank settlement funds http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-summer-2012-demolition-plan-receives-bank-settlement-funds <p>The city of Detroit will receive $10 million of a statewide $25 million fund to counter blight in Michigan.</p><p>Last month, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing pledged to demolish 10,000 vacant buildings in the city by December 2013, the end of his four-year term.</p><p>The state funding comes during the mayor&#39;s &quot;Summer 2012 Demolition Plan,&quot; during which he plans to raze 1,500 buildings by this September.</p><p>Some of those buildings went down today. In a media advisory this morning, the Mayor&#39;s Office said,</p><blockquote><p><span style="FONT-FAMILY:Calibri"><font size="3">Four apartment buildings and another dangerous structure will be razed simultaneously Thursday morning in the Detroit Works Project Demonstration Area #3.</font></span></p></blockquote><p>The demolition funds come from the state&#39;s $97 million share of a national settlement with banks over faulty foreclosure processes.&nbsp; Yesterday, the Michigan house and senate voted on how to divvy up the money across state projects. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:10:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8352 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's 'Summer 2012 Demolition Plan' receives bank settlement funds Bing praises state plan to aid Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-praises-state-plan-aid-detroit <p>Governor Snyder is ready to send bulldozers, cops and social welfare workers into Detroit.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing <a href="http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/1171/exclusive_snyder_plans_to_send_bulldozers_and_cops_to_three_detroit_neighborhoods">confirmed reports Friday</a> that the state is sending money and resources Detroit&rsquo;s way.</p><p>The goal is to focus intensely on stabilizing several city neighborhoods, with an emphasis on demolishing vacant homes.</p><p>Bing says state and city officials chose the target neighborhoods jointly.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:27:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8270 at http://michiganradio.org Bing praises state plan to aid Detroit Revitalizing Detroit? Consider zombies http://michiganradio.org/post/revitalizing-detroit-consider-zombies <p>People have come up with a lot of ideas about how to repurpose the large swaths of vacant land and abandoned buildings in Detroit, but turning them over to the undead is probably a first.</p><p>No, the zombie apocalypse isn&#39;t finally upon us, at least as far as we here at Michigan Radio know. The &quot;zombies&quot; in this case would be &quot;professionals&quot; there to chase paying customers as they flee through derelict neighborhoods and crumbling warehouses.</p><p>The zombie-themed &quot;game zone&quot; is the brainchild of Clawson&#39;s Marc Siwak <a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/07/02/z-world-detroit-return-of-the-zombies/">who told Detroit&#39;s WWJ-AM</a> that he envisions a structured game where an initial group of professional zombies catches participants and assimilates them, while the remaining &quot;living&quot; players try to avoid the growing horde.</p><p>Siwak is currently trying to raise funding through <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/zworlddetroit">online crowd-sourcing.</a>&nbsp; WWJ reports that while he has failed to secure any sort of permission from the city, he thinks Z World Detroit would fit in well alongside urban farms and other projects aimed at transforming blighted areas.</p><p>From Siwak&#39;s website:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There are formal proposals to essentially abandon some of Detroit&rsquo;s neighborhoods.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s not a solution.&nbsp; Collectively we must be more creative than that.&nbsp;Let&rsquo;s do something fun and unique that will revitalize an area while creating some jobs for Detroiters.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Siwak told WWJ-AM that he&#39;s already received resumes from brain-hungry potential employees.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:16:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8112 at http://michiganradio.org Revitalizing Detroit? Consider zombies Blotting Update: Detroit wants to sell you this lot for $200 http://michiganradio.org/post/blotting-update-detroit-wants-sell-you-lot-200 <p>Apparently, the phone has been ringing off the hook over at Detroit&rsquo;s planning department.</p><p>It&rsquo;s all because of a <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/MayorsOffice/StateoftheCity2012/Viewthe2012StateoftheCityAddress.aspx">few lines uttered by Mayor Dave Bing</a> in his <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/MayorsOffice/StateoftheCity2012.aspx">State of the City</a> address last week. <em>(You&rsquo;ll find them about 30 minutes in.)</em></p><p>&ldquo;This week we sent out over 500 letters to property owners in Hubbard Farms, Springwells Village and Southwest Detroit,&rdquo; he announced, &ldquo;telling them if they own a home adjacent to a vacant city-owned lot, they can purchase this lot for a mere $200.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;No coming downtown,&rdquo; the mayor said.&nbsp; &ldquo;No added bureaucracy. The city will mail back the deed.&rdquo;</p><p>Bing&rsquo;s initiative is a response to the overwhelming problem of abandoned property in Detroit.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a problem we explored in our stories about Detroit &ldquo;blotters&rdquo; &mdash; <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/11/09/empty-places-its-not-squatting-its-blotting/">which you can see here</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/05/142341520/blotting-not-squatting-in-detroit-neighborhoods">here</a>. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:33:05 +0000 Kate Davidson 6619 at http://michiganradio.org Blotting Update: Detroit wants to sell you this lot for $200 Detroit neighborhoods struggle with squatters http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-neighborhoods-struggle-squatters <p>City officials have confirmed what residents in many Detroit neighborhoods have said for several years: squatting is on the rise.</p><p>Detroit has more than 100,000 vacant properties. And with the foreclosure crisis, even the city&rsquo;s most stable neighborhoods are dealing with squatters.</p><p>Michael Brady is with Community Legal Resources, a group that has helped neighborhood groups deal with vacant property issues in Detroit.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 02:15:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3888 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit neighborhoods struggle with squatters