DETROIT (WWJ) – Almost two weeks of demolition has brought down a lot of Detroit’s old Redford High School, area residents are thrilled.

As the demolition continued this week at Grand River and McNichols, Bridget Chaney, who lives across the street, said she and her neighbors welcome possible plans for a shopping center.

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“We’ve been waiting with great anticipation for this to happen because it’s an eyesore in the neighborhood,” Chaney told WWJ’s Mike Campbell. “We’re really excited to see hopefully Meijers coming to the area.”

Chaney said that the noise and dust hasn’t really been a problem because most of the demolition is taking place during the day.

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“They have been kind enough to do it during working hours,” she said. “So most of us on the block are workers so we’re not really impacted on that. I haven’t noticed anything. They did lots of studies before they started as far as this dust goes and those pollutants.”

Chaney said she and the other residents on her block had problems, especially of late, at the closed school. On June 21, there was a fire inside the vacant school and two firefighters were injured trying to put it out.

Chaney said her home has been broken into five times. She hopes the 24-hour lights and that would come with a Meijer store would keep criminals away.

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(WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)