The Kresge Foundation says it will invest in large-scale Detroit projects that help convert blighted land into mixed-use, mixed-income developments.
People representing government, business and nonprofits from around the country are visiting Detroit to discuss issues related to vacant properties.
Live in Detroit? Need a hand fixing up the house? Help is coming.
“You look for one that’s decent, already fixed up,” the 58-year-old homeless woman said. She sees it as a community service.
Herb Strather has dropped plans to buy 6,350 vacant houses and lots he earlier claimed in a tax foreclosure auction.
Some preliminary demolition is underway at Detroit’s historic Packard Plant, to prepare the sprawling complex of abandoned buildings for an ambitious redevelopment project.
Parolees and probationers are expected to join law enforcement officials and a Detroit neighborhood group to help eliminate blight in the city.
Detroit spent as much as $537,000 per home renovating 30 houses starting in 2011 under a federal program to fight blight before selling most for less than $100,000 each.
“We’re going to find the money, and we’re going to get it done,” said Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert.
Fighting Detroit blight the natural way — that’s the goal of a new tree-planting project.