May 11, 2023 - News

Mapped: Detroit's commercial blight lawsuits

Vacant commercial properties Detroit wants to demolish or repair
Data: Axios Research; Chart: Axios Visuals

The city's campaign against blighted commercial property targets all kinds of unused buildings: an old shopping center, an abandoned hospital, a theater, a church.

Here's what we know about the properties involved in city nuisance abatement lawsuits, 10 of which have been filed this year:

  1. 15401 W. Grand River Ave.: The Mammoth building, a long-vacant former shopping center.
  2. 19150 Woodward Ave.: The site of Perfecting Church's cathedral project, which has sat unfinished for nearly 20 years.
  3. 12323 Kelly Road: The former Civic Theatre.
  4. 8430/8434 E. Jefferson Ave.: The former River Plaza Apartments on the east riverfront.
  5. 8236 W. Grand River Ave.: A vacant church.
  6. 2728 Buchanan St.: A commercial building in Core City with a smokestack the city says is vulnerable to collapse.
  7. 13101 E. Jefferson Ave.: The former Savarine Hotel near the Grosse Pointe border.
  8. 5009 Lillibridge St.: A multi-story building with ownership tied to a Florida company.
  9. 9740 Dexter Ave.: Commercial property in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood.
  10. 1599 E. Warren Ave.: The former Hoban Cold Storage Co. property.
  11. 2401 20th St.: The long-vacant Southwest Detroit Hospital.
  12. 1448 Wabash St.: A former cold-storage warehouse near Michigan Central Station.
  13. 8741 W. Chicago: A dilapidated industrial building open to trespass.
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