Detroit’s Kronk Gym, the storied and world-renowned boxing powerhouse that produced more than 30 world champions, most notably Tommy Hearns, is being demolished today after it was gutted by two suspicious fires in the past year.
The billionaire Ilitch family and their companies have raked in hundreds of millions of tax dollars while demolishing dozens of buildings – some of them historic – in Detroit since the 1980s.
A state investigation that revealed inappropriate, if not illegal, expenses will cost Detroit $6.4 million as a federal grand jury probe continues.
Since the city of Detroit announced the location of the new Red Wings arena in June 2013, at least 15 houses or buildings have been demolished within three blocks of the site.
The demolition occurred without asbestos remediation because the house was considered too dangerous.
The Land Bank is paying one attorney $760 an hour.
The city temporarily halted demolition after preservationists and others called for the building to be saved.
Sometimes civil disobedience works.
The Detroit Land Bank will spend up to $760 an hour for outside legal counsel during the federal investigation into the city’s massive demolition program.
When asked about hiring two outside law firms, including pricey powerhouse WilmerHale, city officials have clamped up.