Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the head of the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development will kick off demolition today of the storied downtown
Brewster-Douglass public housing projects.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Bing are set to start demolition at 10:30 a.m. near Beaubien and Alfred streets, where the abandoned high-rise towers sit just off I-75.
The buildings -- once home to famed Detroiters, including Motown singer Diana Ross -- have stood empty for more than 20 years. Officials have said they're a magnet for fires, trespassers and crime.
The federal government is providing $6.5 million to cover the cost of demolition. The money is part of the Obama administration's Strong Cities, Strong Communities program to help local governments revitalize blighted areas. In announcing the plans last November, Bing said the demolition will create 18 acres of land for redevelopment. Demolition could take about a year.
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