Hazardous hole opens up on downtown sidewalk, revealing deep chamber

A hole opened up on a downtown Detroit sidewalk.
A hole opened up on a downtown Detroit sidewalk. Photo by Steve Neavling.
Historic Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit. By Steve Neavling.
Historic Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit. By Steve Neavling.

A hazardous hole has opened on a downtown Detroit sidewalk, revealing about a 15-foot drop to a tunnel and transformer vault littered with beer cans, water bottles and other trash.

The hole is outside of the historic Leland Hotel, which is used primarily as an apartment. A diner and bar attached to the hotel also attract foot traffic.

The hole is just large enough for a foot to slip through.

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.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    C.H.U.D.s

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    C.H.U.D.s

  • Looks like a freight elevator. Or a fruit elevator.

  • Billy Blake

    The city needs to barricade this hole before someone gets injured and calls Sam

  • Dan Hetrick

    I bet I know where it is….that hole used to be a lot smaller (about the size of a quarter), and has been there since at LEAST the mid 90’s.

    • Chris Adaline

      I recognize what’s in the hole. A lot of the sidewalk on that side looked questionable from the underside when I was down there 15 years ago; I’m surprised it took this long for a hole to open.

  • Mike C

    That’s crazy