Dilapidated Woodward Ave. Building Demolished

HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) – It’s the end of the line for another vacant old building in Highland Park.

The dilapidated Eason-Wood Apartments is located on north end of the city on the corner of Woodward Ave. at Eason St., across from the Snethcamp car dealership.

highland park teardown2 Dilapidated Woodward Ave. Building Demolished

(WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

As the building began to tumble Friday morning, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Mike Campbell spoke with Will Jones with Blue Star Demolition out of Warren. He said this tear-down was a long time coming.

“It’s an eyesore and it was a haven for drug dealing … dead bodies, robberies,” said Jones. “People living in there, shackin’ up … doing all crazy stuff.”

Jones said he thinks that when they’re done, in about a month, the site will be a parking lot.

The Eason-Wood building was not on the National Register of Historic Places, although a note in one of the propsals for the Woodward light rail project did say it was elilible for an NRHP listing.

City leaders have sought funding to demolish vacant, dangerous structures across the city. Former Mayor Hubert Yopp said whole blocks were destroyed by arsonists. In 2010, he asked Gov. Granholm to declare Highland Park a disaster area in hopes of gaining access to federal money.

  • Jim

    A parking lot? For who? Oh yeah, that’s right! Park your car there and take the bus downtown or Wayne State. It will be there when you get back. Yeah, right! I’m just sayin’!

  • Greg Piazza

    As a historian, I am saddened by the loss of the Eason Wood. It was built in the early 1920’s designed by architect Charles Agree (Belcrest, Whittier, Oakland mall, what is now the Tabernacle revival church up the street from the Eason Wood and the Moss Wood apts on Moss and Woodward). I realize the building is hazardous but it is sad to see it decay to this end and loose another Agree early design. I am doing a tour of Agree buildings with Preservation Wayne in May and another of Historic Palmer Park in October.Greg

    • Traven

      Greg Piazza, you mentioned the Tabernacle Revival Church. The TRC took over an old x-rated theater, then they’ve built an addition not long ago upon an adjacent piece of land where another demolished building used to be, am I right? This was an old appartment building its front facing to Luise St. Can you confirm that? I lived in it way back in 1980-1981, I’m talking about a 3 or a 4 story building most likely raised in the ’20… Thanks, Traven

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