Detroit Housing Commission approves Brewster-Douglass land sale

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 06:46:54-05

New plans are in the works for a massive chunk of vacant land on Detroit's east side.

It used to be the largest public housing site in Detroit, the now empty Brewster-Douglass lot could become the newest, trendiest area in the state.

Located nea Mack and I-75, the Brewster-Douglass public housing project was five city blocks long and housed between 8,000-10,000 people at its height.

Notable entertainers like Diana Ross and Lily Tomlin grew up there.

Crime became a problem in the 60s and 70s and the buildings were vacated by 2008. Demolition was completed by 2014.

Now, Dan Gilbert's Bedrock company is trying to purchase this land from the housing commission in a $23-million deal.

At 18-acres, this would be the largest redevelopment for Gilbert to date.

The plan needs the approval from the department of housing and urban development to pass.

Gilbert says this would likely become a mixed use neighborhood for all Detroiters.