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‘We want it torn down’


Frustrated by the city’s lack of action, Sylvia Penn called the A.S.S. to get some help dealing with this eyesore at 5757 Vinewood.

The place has been abandoned for more than a decade.

“The house caught fire some years back and folks have been trying to get it torn down ever since,” Penn tells us. “We’re just tired of looking at it and we want it torn down.”

It is easy to see why Penn and her neighbors are upset. The vacant lot behind the house, where a service station stood before the city tore it down in 2001, has become a trash dump.

Detroit’s Buildings and Safety Engineering Department informs us that the structure is currently owned by the city, and that it is on the official demolition list but there is no date set for its removal.

We feel your pain, Sylvia. The Abandoned Structure Squad takes calls like yours personally. As of now, you and your neighbors aren’t the only ones watching to see how much longer it takes the city to clean up this particular mess.

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