DETROIT (WWJ) – The city of Detroit announced Wednesday that residents can now see where a particular structure is in the demolition process by using an online demolition map recently launched on the Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department’s Web site.
To look at the map, follow this link.
The map shows demolitions approved by Detroit City Council. The properties are shown in three categories indicated by different colors: Approved, In-Process and Completed. The approved properties have been inspected and identified as dangerous by BSEED and subsequently approved for demolition by City Council. They will remain on the list until a funding source is identified. The in-process properties are currently undergoing utility clearances, bidding or active demolition. The completed properties have been demolished to final grade.
The interactive tool was created for the department by Data Driven Detroit with funding by the Woodward Corridor Initiative/Living Cities Initiative.
Said David Bell, interim director of the department: “This is a key issue in neighborhoods, and the map is a great step in our process of creating a more transparent and effective department. By providing Council-approved demolition information for public access, we reduce the amount of time required to respond to community requests. We hope this new tool will help us strengthen our partnerships with community members.”
Detailed property information is available at a click and the map includes overlays of City Council districts. It also includes a feedback form so that community members can report any issues with current demolitions and communicate with the Department about other open and dangerous buildings. Online access to the status of dangerous buildings will allow neighborhood associations and individuals to do searches on properties and have self-service access to the quarterly status updates on dangerous buildings.