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Detroit hopes to save blighted properties

DETROIT – Detroit officials say many blighted or vacant properties identified last year by a task force could be saved from demolition.

The Detroit News reports the Detroit Land Bank Authority put together a refined assessment on homes that need to be razed. The authority says some that showed signs of blight and were potential candidates for demolition could be fixed up.

Land Bank spokesman Craig Fahle says “people are actually willing to preserve them.”

The newspaper says the review backs up the Blight Removal Task Force report, which found about 40,000 beyond repair and more than 38,000 vacant and at-risk of falling prey to blight.

Last year, the task force said that removing blighted residential properties, lots and vacant commercial structures that have plagued the city would cost $850 million.

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