Blighted property survey nearing completion in Detroit

Jan 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Surveys have been completed on about two-thirds of all structures in Detroit as part of a project to eradicate blight in the city.

The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force is on track to complete its database of 380,217 structures and vacant parcels in February. The project hopes to determine the number of blighted and deteriorating structures in Detroit.

Rock Ventures executive associate Sean Jackson says the task force has collected data on about 270,000 properties. Jackson is working with Loveland Technologies and Data Driven Detroit which are conducting the survey, funded in part by the Kresge and Skillman foundations.

Task force co-chair Glenda Price says the cost of demolishing all blighted structures in Detroit and addressing other blighted properties could reach $1 billion and take several years to complete.