Who'll get last Lafayette? 

Lawyers and the help of City Council look to keep open Lafayette Park Shopping Center, at least for a while. The strip mall owners — The Habitat Company of Chicago — ordered shops to evacuate by Aug. 15. But thanks to a temporary historic-site designation by council, the impending move is delayed. “We’re not going anywhere that fast,” says Richard Schiff of Richard’s Drugs. Schiff says shop owners are working together and separately to hire lawyers and fight the shut down. Meanwhile, the merchants are stewing that Habitat boasts it is one of the largest residential property managers in the Midwest, with more than 23,000 units, and yet hasn’t been able to keep up the center, turn on air conditioning that’s been on the blink since early July or come up with any better plan than demolishing the well-used site in favor of supposedly more profitable, yet unannounced, plans.

Lisa M. Collins is a Metro Times staff writer. E-mail [email protected]

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation