Abandoned Shelter of the Week 

This sorry excuse for low-income housing has been the bane of Hubbard Farms neighbors for decades. Allan Barnes, who lives nearby on Porter Street, said residents in the historical area boarded up the building at 1420 Vinewood in 1991 to prevent ongoing illicit activity. Some, including Barnes, wanted to buy and rehab the structure, but the city would not foreclose. The structure was placed on the city’s list of dangerous properties in 1988, but City Council waited until March of last year to order its destruction. The city’s historical division must still grant approval before it finally comes down.

Photo by Allan Barnes. Text by Lisa M. Collins.

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).

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