Herb Strather has dropped plans to buy 6,350 vacant houses and lots he earlier claimed in a tax foreclosure auction.
“They want the house, but they don’t want to take care of the outside, and they expect everyone else to.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is taking drastic measures in his effort to revitalize the bankrupt city.
“As the abandoned properties come down, property values will go up, and crime will go down,” the governor said.
A decision on how much money each city will get is expected next week.
The pilot program to address blight was approved Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.
Along St. Aubin near Gratiot, there were numerous abandoned homes and opened basements. Now, this 10-block area is nearly completely vacant land
Officials plan to demolish 600 vacant homes in Flint starting this week.
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to seal as many as 150 abandoned houses on Detroit’s west side.
More than 100 vacant homes in Detroit have their windows and doors freshly boarded up after a volunteer effort called the 100 Houses Project.