Hey, Detroit city leaders! What are you going to do with the old Eastown Theatre?

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Last month, 7 Action News told you about the dangerous condition of the old Eastown Theatre on Harper Avenue near Van Dyke. 

Within hours of our report, city crews put out orange caution barrels. Thirty-three days later, it doesn't appear as if anything else has been done.

Neighbors remember the theater's glory days. 

"When it was fixed up, it was beautiful." said Joyce Johnson. "Now, it's a hell hole."

Scrappers gutted the inside, stealing the seats, the flooring, even part of the ceiling. In 2010, a fire gutted the other end of the building. 

Years later, the rumble remains.

Those who live in the area believe it's time for city leaders to take action, and hold the property owner responsible.

Federal court documents show The Deeper Life Christian Church bought the building on a land contract in 2001 for $1.9 million. 

When they stopped making the required payments, Eastown Corp. sued. Eventually the church lost the case and was ordered to pay up.

Nearby residents are tired of looking at the mess. 

"I think it's messed up how they can fix something across 8 Mile with no problem." said Daryl Gunter. "You have older people in Detroit. They want to see a good community, like it used to be. They don't want to be around danger."

 

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