Detroit's Goal of 3,000 Demolished Homes Within Reach

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Wrecking crews are close to fulfilling Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

The demolition of a historical building brings hope for Victorian Square.

DETROIT (AP) -- Wrecking crews are close to fulfilling Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's vow to knock down 3,000 vacant and abandoned homes in one year.

The city tells The Associated Press that 1,850 houses have been leveled since last April. Another 1,200 should be coming down over the next three months.

Bing wants 10,000 vacant houses torn down before the end of his first term. He estimates about 12,000 are in dangerous condition and need to be demolished.

Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Director Kim James says the most egregious situations are handled first.

The first two years of demolition are being paid with upward of $25 million in federal and state funds. Additional funding sources also are being explored.

A recent survey shows Detroit has about 33,000 vacant and abandoned houses.

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