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.
From bars to a historic high-rise apartment, 11 buildings and houses have been demolished around the Red Wings arena since 2014.
Condos and a high-end restaurant will replace a long-abandoned apartment building in the Cass Corridor.
Federal investigators are probing questionable contracts doled out by Mayor Mike Duggan’s demolition program over the past two years.