5 homes demolished in state-wide city cleanup initiative - Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

5 homes demolished in state-wide city cleanup initiative

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

In a state-wide effort to cleanup blighted buildings, the initiative kicked off today with the demolition of five houses on Turner St. in Detroit's UofD Marygrove neighborhood.

This project is the largest in state history, thanks to more than $50million in federal aid.

"This is not an act of charity, or philanthropy, on the part of the Federal government. This is an investment in the people of Detroit," says Michigan U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee.

He, along with several other federal, state, and local leaders attended the big demolition. Neighbors looked on as well.

Video: Neighbors respond to five homes being demolished along their street

About 4,000 buildings are slated to be demolished in Detroit, many of which are abandoned. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says 60% of all fires in Detroit originate in abandoned buildings. The grounds also breed plenty of other types of crime.

Several other Michigan cities are receiving funds to fight blight as well. Detroit will receive $52.3 million; Flint will get $20.1 million; Saginaw $11.2 million; Pontiac $3.7 million, and Grand Rapids $2.5 million.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Documents show GM delayed recall of Saturn Ion

    Documents show GM delayed recall of Saturn Ion

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:39:37 GMT
    Government documents show General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims. The documents, posted on the NHTSA's website Saturday, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles.
    Government documents show General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims. The documents, posted on the NHTSA's website Saturday, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles.
  • Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:12:36 GMT
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
  • FOXe report: Smart meter concerns

    FOXe report: Smart meter concerns

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:53:23 GMT
    DTE Energy crews have installed smart meters, or advanced meters, on 1.5 million homes across Michigan. The new meters are an advancement in technology and can be read remotely by radio signals, but some homeowners say the meters are intrusive and dangerous.
    DTE Energy crews have installed smart meters, or advanced meters, on 1.5 million homes across Michigan. The new meters are an advancement in technology and can be read remotely by radio signals, but some homeowners say the meters are intrusive and dangerous.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices