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From lumber to slumber 

This week’s abandoned structure is a reminder that decay is nothing new to Detroit. At 6460 Kercheval, two blocks east of Mt. Elliot Cemetery, this office building and storehouse is situated in one of the oldest parts of the city. Built in 1925, it was once home to the F.M. Sibley Lumber Company. E. Simpson, 80, a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall directly across Kercheval, says the Sibley building has been vacant for at least as long as she’s been a parishioner — since 1972. Despite its long vacancy, the structure appears relatively intact from the outside. A homeowner on nearby Beaufait reports that the building was cleaned out about a year ago, but that he’s seen no further development since then.

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