Demolition Of Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects Underway (photo gallery)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photo credit: Kenny Corbin

Remember Life In The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects With Beatrice Spears by WDET

Work crews in Detroit have begun demolishing the remaining buildings at the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects.

The Detroit Housing Commission has received more than $6 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department to tear down the complex.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan spoke at the site Monday. He says the city has been too slow in moving from blight to rebirth.

“The buildings behind us have been vacant since 2008. They’ve been subjected to vandals and scrappers…and we needed to take some action. And for many people, these towers have recently become nothing but a symbol of the blight and decay of the city of Detroit.”

Dugan says he economic development team is currently working with HUD to discuss new housing and economic development possibilities for the location. Officials say the demolition will take 8 weeks to complete.

Beatrice Spears grew up at Brewster-Douglass in the 1980s and 90s. She remembers the community as tight knit.