Photos: Canadian developer gobbles up Corktown properties

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.

3036 18th St., $11,500, Built in 1900

3307 18th

3307 18th, $8,300, Built in 1900

3391 15th St

3391 15th St., $8,200, Built in 1890

3383 15th St.

3383 15th St., $7,600, Built in 1890

2835 16th St

2835 16th St., $8,700, 1910

2849 Wabash

2849 Wabash, $10,400

1565 Temple

1565 Temple, $7,500, 1890

Many thanks to our friends at Why Don’t We Own This? for the information.

Check out our other stories about the auction:

Photos: You won’t believe the Detroit properties up for bid

Photos: Beautiful homes hit auction block in Detroit

Detroit removes 16 Brush Park properties from county auction

12 beautiful gems for auction in historic neighborhoods

Going, going, not gone! No takers in Packard auction 


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.