6:23 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Michigan House Approves Bills to Crack Down on Scrap Metal Theft

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Bill is expected to pass Senate and Governor Snyder says he supports tougher laws to stop scrap metal theft
LANSING - Scrap metal thieves will have a harder time selling stolen property to scrap yards now that a compromise bill easily passed the state House today. "This is the first step toward reducing blight in my community," said state Rep. David Nathan, D-Detroit.
6:40 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Battle Creek to demolish two buildings to fight blight

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Buildings on Capital Avenue Northeast once had retail and upper level apartments
Two vacant commercial buildings on Capital Avenue Northeast are slated for demolition as the city continues to battle against blight. Battle Creek commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday night to accept a $64,050 offer from Pitsch Co., which beat out three higher bids, to tear down the buildings at 411, 415, 427 and 429 Capital Ave.
6:45 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Benton Harbor officials say drop in crime linked to stricter code enforcement

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City officials say it's part of changing mind-set
BENTON HARBOR - A sharp spike in citations issued by the Benton Harbor Inspections Department for chipped paint and uncut grass has led to a decrease in burglaries and fires, the city's emergency manager says.
4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Demolition Monday kicks off blight removal in Detroit

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The $52 million dollar project may be the largest residential blight removal Michigan’s history.
Detroit - Gov. Rick Snyder joined city and congressional officials Monday to kick off what was described as the largest residential blight removal in state history, using part of $52 million in federal aid to start tearing down five abandoned homes on the city's west side. Authorities worked with the U.S.
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Detroit, Grand Rapids get funds to tear down abandoned buildings

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Five Michigan cities in all are going to split $100 million of federal money to get rid of blight.
DETROIT, MI - Detroit will get the lion's share of $100 million in federal funds to remove blight in Michigan cities. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday morning Detroit will receive $52.3 million in federal money to fight blight. Four other Michigan cities will split $37.4 million to pay for projects to preserve property values and fight crime.