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'Strategic demolition' Of Fire-Damaged Vacant Homes To Begin Within 30 Days

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

AP--Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says "strategic demolition" of some fire-damaged vacant homes will begin within 30 days.

The announcement Wednesday night came at the start of Duggan's first State of the City address. It's the first such speech since Detroit was allowed to enter bankruptcy.

Duggan says the demolition will be paid for using $20 million in an unused escrow fund earmarked for burned houses.

The address also comes less than a week after state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed his plan to pay creditors while providing money for city services and improvements in the coming years.

Duggan, a former medical center chief, was elected in November.

Under the state's emergency manager law, Orr controls Detroit's finances. Duggan is in charge of blight removal and some other city operations.

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