“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.
The Hardest Hit Fund, which was created in 2010 to help states get through the economic and mortgage crisis, will allow thousands of houses to be torn down.
“If you don’t like the way your neighborhood looks, this is your change to do something about it.”
The former boarding house was in such bad shape that all he could salvage were the four walls, the carved wood banister and some leaded windows.