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Washed out


Well, dear reader, after more than two years, the ASS (which, as you should well know by now stands for the Abandoned Structure Squad) is hanging up its pad and camera. Our swan song is the Hand Car Wash at 5901 Grand River in Detroit.

The patrons who pulled in to spray the muck from their cars could have been hockey fans leaving the old Olympia Stadium formerly located across the street. The car wash turned off the tap last year. Now it stares vacantly at its distant neighbors: an auto dealership and a dollar store.

According to the Wayne County Treasurer’s office, the owners of the Hand Car Wash haven’t paid taxes since 2001. The property is in forfeiture and will be foreclosed on if the owners do not come up with some cash by the end of March. If the taxes are not paid, then the property will be auctioned in September.

And with that, ASS is outta here for good (or until the public outcry for its return is too loud to ignore — but we’re not holding our collective breath on that one).

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

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