Mayor Mike Duggan Addresses Call For More Black Involvement In Detroit Demolition Program
Group Calls For More Black Involvement In Detroit Demolition Program » Full story » Some concerned Detroiters have banded together to point out something they say is missing from the city's demolition effort: minorities. Among those asking for a sit-down with the Detroit City Council is Damion Ellis, who said he had a look at the contracts awarded under Detroit's federal-funded vacant home demolition program. Detroit Land Bank Spokesman Craig Folly disagrees that there's a race issue at play here. He told Thomas that $147 million of a total $230 million in allotted federal funds have been spent so far. Of that amount, he said, 27 percent went to nine minority contractors; and nearly 80 percent to Detroit-based or headquartered businesses. Mayor Duggan details the process for awarding the contracts with WWJ's Vickie Thomas.

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