Detroit, MI (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones is excited to see what’s happening in the Marygrove neighborhood.
"Detroit we are on the rise and we are making it happen,” Jones exclaimed during a press conference in front of a home on Cherrylawn on the city's west side.
In April, Mayor Mike Duggan put property owners in the 16-block area on notice that if they didn’t do something with their vacant and rundown houses, the city would take them. It's happening... and very quickly.
“Every week now our Land Bank team sues in another neighborhood and this process is going to repeat itself over and over," Duggan said. "By sometime this winter you’re going to drive through a lot of different neighborhoods and see this kind of transformation."
Duggan said the city identified 90 properties in the neighborhood that were neglected. 35 owners entered into consent agreements with the city to fix them up and get them occupied. The city has taken title to 22 homes through the nuisance abatement. Those homes will all be auctioned off.
Lola Holton is a long-time resident and president of Fitzgerald Community Council. “I wanted to give up ship too," Holton said. "I thought about it."
Work has already begun on several of the homes and that has energized Holton and others in the neighborhood. “You’re going to see trucks, cleaning out houses, you’re going to see signs for rent, for buying," she said. "You’re going to see some stuff happening in this area."
An open house will be held Sunday, July 19 for the nine homes currently available from 1-4 p.m. in Marygrove. The houses will be added to the Detroit Land Bank auction website next week.
Talmer Bank is providing mortgage financing along with conditional, forgivable grants of $25,000 to successful bidders for properties in the Marygrove neighborhood.