DETROIT – Crews are knocking down a vacant industrial building that probably will be the last building demolished this year under the Detroit of the massive blight elimination program.
An excavator crumpled remains of the roof and in the corner walls Wednesday afternoon. When leveled, it will be one of the approximately 3,100 structures cleared in 2016 and approximately 10,700, mostly houses — the ground because 2014.
But the city still has a long way to go. A blight task force survey in 2014 revealed 40,000 structures needed to be demolished.
Mayor Mike Duggan has said that the mass demolition is necessary for Detroit to stop decades of population loss and attract families to the city districts.
The work is done with a combination of federal funds, block grants, and money set aside for Detroit’s restructuring.