The enormous metal arm tore through a layer of red bricks Wednesday afternoon, exposing a kitchen and bedroom still partially furnished. The remnants spilled out, marking the beginning of demolition of the storied Brewster-Douglass housing projects near Brush Park.
Mayor Dave Bing said the $6.5 million project aims to first level the ramshackle row houses, followed by the graffiti-strewn high-rises along I-75. Demo is expected to be complete in spring 2014.
The project is the centerpiece of Bing’s plan to demolish 10,000 abandoned buildings in four years.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.