Nearly two dozens ramshackle homes, empty lots and an abandoned corner store in Corktown were purchased by a single investor in the Wayne County tax-foreclosure auction last month.
Of the 22 properties up for auction in North Corktown, a buyer listed under the name, “Joseph Cella,” bought 21.
Cella belongs to an unnamed Canadian-based development group.
The buyer spent about $185,000 on the properties, according to Why Don’t We Own This?
The move is interesting because North Corktown is witnessing a steady drizzle of development and new residents, but it’s not envisioned as a rehabilitated neighborhood under Mayor Dave Bing’s blueprint for land use, “Detroit Future City.”
Today we looked at the properties.
3036 18th St., $11,500, Built in 1900
3307 18th, $8,300, Built in 1900
3391 15th St., $8,200, Built in 1890
3383 15th St., $7,600, Built in 1890
2835 16th St., $8,700, 1910
2849 Wabash, $10,400
1565 Temple, $7,500, 1890
Many thanks to our friends at Why Don’t We Own This? for the information.
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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.