Help on way for downtown coffee shop forced to use water from hydrant

1515 Broadway
This is how water is provided to 1515 Broadway and Simmons & Clark Jewelers. (Steve Neavling/MCM)

A downtown coffee shop and adjacent jewelry store that have been depending on water from a fire hydrant will soon see relief, Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration said Tuesday.

A crew on Wednesday will begin removing bricks and masonry that are hanging loosely from the Wurlitzer high-rise next door on Broadway Street, said mayoral spokesman John Roach.

“Once the site is safe for workers, the (water) main can be either repaired or replaced within a few days,” Roach told me.

Roach said he expects regular water service to be restored to 1515 Broadway and Simmons & Clark Jewelers by the end of the month.

WurlitzerThe Wurlitzer is owned by Wayne County Circuit Judge Daphne Mean Curtis and her husband Paul Curtis, who owe more than $20,000 in delinquent taxes, property records show. The city finally took the couple to court in November 2011, but Wayne County Judge Robert Colombo has done little to ensure the building is safe.

Colombo finally responded after the city filed a motion late last month, and the judge ordered the Curtises to remove the dangerous bricks and masonry.

“DWSD and DPW are meeting on Thursday to determine whether the water service will be repaired in the alley or connected to the line out front in the street,” Roach said. “It has been common in such cases to move water lines out of alleys to separate it from other utilities and reduce the potential for damage caused by work on the other utilities.”

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.

  • Scott Kyneston

    Wow when the muckrakers girlfriend has trouble at work he gets results! 3 articles in less than a week? If only we all had a psedo-journalist to give in depth coverage to our every personal gripe!

  • bebow

    Good work, Steve. It’s unfortunate our elected and appointed must be forced by embarrassing exposure to do right.

      • bebow

        The man would still be sitting there on his “eventually” with a Third World water connection as winter approaches, if the elected and appointed thought his story and the embarrassing images would stay confined to this site. “Eventually,” in this case, was code for “in your dreams.” Would it be trolling, GP, to mention observations consistent with the presence of “secret squirrels” on the dopeman’s payroll? Would it be wrong to suggest investigation of the spread out DPD/Narcotics Section if that’s what it takes to remove the criminal menace?

        • I don’t think it’s out-of-line to demand accountability of anyone. In fact, I think it’s everyone’s responsibility.