Crumbling bricks from old building causing concern in busy Midtown Detroit across from Wayne State

DETROIT (WXYZ) - An old building in the heart of Detroit's comeback zone is causing concern for people in the area. The building, which sits across the street from Wayne State University, is falling apart.

One Detroit resident told Action News, "It's an eyesore, somebody needs to tear it down."

Neighbors say the place caught fire a few years ago and instead of being torn down, the shell has been allowed to remain. Action News obtained police reports documenting the building's dangerous history. There have been complaints of bricks falling from the structure, hitting people in the head and damaging property.

A fence has been put up to block foot traffic from the sidewalk, but that has created a new danger because people have to walk along Woodward Avenue.

"This street is always busy," said Matthew Love. "You have to walk in the street, somebody is going to get hit."

According to the City of Detroit, the property is on the dangerous structure list to be torn down. 

Before that can be done, they have to get money to do the work. 

It is private property and city records show it's owned by 5734 Woodward, LLC. State records show the LLC is registered to Joel Landy. At the time of the broadcast, Landy did not return calls to Action News regarding the property.

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