Crumbling Detroit eyesore with critters living inside it will be torn down after months of wrangling

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 18:45:34-04

The crumbling, decaying house next door to Donnie Young makes him feel trapped in his own home. 

It’s not just the condition of the vacant house, but also what lives it in - critters, including raccoons.

“Scared to let me dog out, a raccoon can kill a dog.” said Young.

Young’s son has been trying to get something done about the problem property for months. In January, he reached out to Stephanie Young, with the City of Detroit’s Department of Neighborhood. 

An inspector was sent out - then nothing. 

After a few weeks of no action, Young says he was put in contact with an employee with Detroit’s Building Authority and was told the house would be torn down in a few weeks. 

When that didn’t happen, Young reached out to 7 Action News Reporter Ronnie Dahl. 

An employee with the Detroit Building Authority tells 7 Action News the Patton Street home went out for bid and was awarded Wednesday afternoon and the demolition will soon follow.

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