There are literally mushrooms growing in this Midtown apartment building the city has repeatedly cited but won't shut down


A mushroom three inches in diameter grows in a unit at the Sheridan Court Apartments in Midtown.
  • A mushroom three inches in diameter grows in a unit at the Sheridan Court Apartments in Midtown.

Last month we exposed a slew of problems at the Sheridan Court Apartments in Midtown and the city's failure to shut down the building despite citing it for a half-dozen blight violations, some of which tenants say have still gone unaddressed.

The 91-unit apartment building had failed a fire inspection and was operating without a certificate of compliance when a fire destroyed three units March 15. Fire officials had preliminarily determined an electrical problem started the blaze.

Now, we have something a little more gruesome to report from the Sheridan Court: Actual mushrooms growing out of the walls in multiple units.


A source in the building tells us the Sheridan Court's drainage system is so decrepit that water runs into the walls of many apartments. We're told that four units, some of them occupied, have been affected by mold or mushrooms.

We couldn't find anything in Detroit building code that says landlords must keep their buildings 'shroom free, but we imagine there has got to be something illegal about this.

The apartments are managed by P&B Investments. A call to the building supervisor was not immediately returned, but after the fire last month, he told Metro Times repairs to get the building in compliance were in the works.

If you're wondering why the city is allowing people to continue to live there in the interim, you can read up on that here.

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