The David Stott building towers over others in downtown Detroit (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

The David Stott building towers over others in downtown Detroit (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

DETROIT (WWJ) – Cleanup crews are continuing to assess the damage at the David Stott building in downtown Detroit after a frozen pipe burst and flooded several floors with about 2 million gallons of water.

The pipe burst earlier this week during bitterly cold temperatures in the city, leaving icicles hanging from portions of the interior of the building, located on Griswold and State streets.

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Authorities say the pipe was located around the ninth floor and the water continued to run down the building for about a day before anyone noticed.

A statement issued by Shanghai-based DDI Group, which acquired the building in 2013 for $9.4 million, said things appeared normal when a security guard left the building on Sunday morning.

“When the first person arrived at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the flood was discovered. Remediation crews were onsite by early afternoon on Monday, beginning the clean-up and restoration process,” said Kenneth Creighton, DDI Group senior vice president.

On Wednesday, crews pumped about two million gallons of water from the building into the city’s sewer system. According to reports, the bottom flood still remained underwater late Wednesday night.

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The building, which was built in 1929, has been mostly vacant for years. Only two tenants remained at the time of the flood.

“One is a local creative agency that we are helping to relocate while the flood damage is being assessed and repaired,” said Creighton. “The other tenant, Sky Bar, is the subject of a previous court-ordered eviction action, yet has been granted temporary tenancy pending an appeal.”

An insurance investigation is ongoing. At this point, it’s unclear if the building can be salvaged.


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