Detroit launches new Demolition Tracker web map to inform residents when houses are demolished

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 18:49:41-04

The city of Detroit is taking steps to inform you on when and where vacant houses will be knocked down.

A Demolition Tracker web map was created to let residents know up to 90 days in advance when vacant houses will be torn down.  

The interactive web map allows you to type in any Detroit address into a search bar. From there, residents can see what demolitions have already taken place and which houses are projected to be knocked down.

The website, which has been in development for more than a year, displays two different color dots.

A blue dot on the map shows one of the 9,500 houses that has come down since January 2014. An orange dot signifies a house that is under contract and scheduled for demolition. So far, 700 addresses are planned to come down in the next few months.

As houses are demolished, the dots will change from orange to blue. As more houses are contracted for demolition, more orange dots will be added.

Detroit's new map lets anyone track the nation's largest demolition program, which has been awarded more than $250 million by the U.S Treasury Department and Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

In 2014, the city demolished 4,000 vacant buildings. This year the city says it plans to take down 5,000 more structures and 6,000 more in 2017.

The city of Detroit says the online map will be updated daily at 5 a.m as new houses are contracted for demolition. Detroit says it's the first demolition agency in the nation to provide this level of transparency to people.