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The abandoned brick house at 1533 Lillibridge St. is quite inviting. And this three-family flat, built in 1918, is accessible to everyone, from curious children to the homeless. The front and rear gates of the chain-link fence are wide open, and the porch’s screen door has been ripped off for easy access, provided that you can safely navigate the slanted, loose front stairs. Chicken wire over the basement window has been pulled back to allow curious souls to come inside and sit on a broken chair while enjoying the custom wood paneling covering the walls. Upstairs, mismatched curtains flap in the breeze, thanks to the lack of glass in the window frames. This also makes for entrance points all around the building’s perimeter. Broken glass covers the ground outside, accentuated by accompanying bricks. Walking around the property, ASS (that’s the Abandoned Structure Squad) came across discarded linens, a mattress and a ’60s-era TV set. In what may have been the kitchen at one time, ASS spotted a newspaper from May 2003 and a Blue Cross emergency procedures poster from 1965. This might come in handy to anyone who falls through the stairs or gets cut on glass while visiting the house. Despite the hazards, the Detroit Buildings and Safety Engineering Department has received no complaints about the long-crumbling structure. Send comments to [email protected]
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