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Bid’ness opportunity 

Occasionally, the members of our Abandoned Structure Squad (known to friend and foe alike as A.S.S.) weary of chronicling the endless onslaught of Detroit buildings that are on a fast track to oblivion. Normally we delight in tracking down the slumlords and absentee owners who plague neighborhoods with dwellings that serve as havens for dope dealers and assorted other squatters. But every once in an azure moon we get a strange hankering to promote the positive. Which brings us to this fixer-upper at 466 Chalmers on the city’s East Side. It is one of several seized properties being auctioned off by Wayne County. Currently, no bids have been posted for this two-story home that features three bedrooms, and a “natural” fireplace. A.S.S. didn’t know that there’s such a thing as an unnatural fireplace, but that’s beside the point. If you are willing to cover slightly more than $3,100 in back taxes and utility bills, and have at least the minimum bid of a hundred bucks as well as the desire to put in a lot of sweat equity, this place could be yours. To find out more about it and other seized properties, turn your browser toward

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