The vacant Brewster-Douglass housing projects are set to be demolished, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced last Thursday, and soon a fraught piece of history will disappear from the city’s skyline. The 18.5-acre development on the city’s near east side bordering Eastern Market, now known as the Frederick Douglass Homes, is expected to happen next year. HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Grant Program awarded $6.5 million to the Detroit Housing Commission to pay for the demolition. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bing said developers from throughout the country are already proposing ideas for the large space. The city stated demolishing the site will aid in plans to connect the Dequindre Cut pathway to downtown and Midtown.
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