News & Views » Columns

Abandoned Shelter of the Week

Located on the corner of West Grand Boulevard and Lawton, the fabulous neo-Gothic Lee Plaza rises 15 stories into the sky. Currently caught up in bureaucratic HUD and State Preservation Office red tape, the ornate brick building falls further into disrepair each passing day.

Once considered a candidate for the wrecking ball, recent media attention (garnered from the theft of its lion’s-head architectural accents) hipped preservationists to the destructive plans. Attempts to purchase the building are awaiting approval in the glacial State Preservation Office.

As for now, only nonpaying tenants populate the building. Most of the large windows are out, the stairwells have been turned into landfills and overgrown weeds scale the west side of the building.

Text by editorial intern Adam Stanfel.
Photo by editorial intern Tricia Woolfenden.

Editor’s note: If you know of an abandoned home you would like to see featured in this spot, send a photo and pertinent information to News Hits, c/o Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226 (or e-mail newshits@metrotimes.com).

Check out all of our Abandoned Shelters of the Week

comment