Video: Demo begins on storied Brewster projects in Detroit

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.

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Steve Neavling

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.