The Detroit government has invested in digital government by implementing a new website meant to auction off Detroit’s many abandoned homes. According the article, the homes available on the site need some tender loving care (TLC) and vacant. The purpose, according to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is to force current owners to fix up the properties and occupy or rent them out “or risk deeding them to the city.”
- Homes soon available for auction can be viewed at www.buildingdetroit.org. Open house previews are set for April 27, with the first auction set for May 5.
- The city is preparing to take up to 79 negligent property owners to court this week in the Marygrove neighborhood on the city’s west side. Homes where property owners don’t agree to fix up the houses and get them reoccupied could be forfeited to the city, with auctions possible in June.
- Talmer Bank has agreed to provide up to $25,000 in forgivable loans to people who purchase and agree to live in the Marygrove homes only.
- For more information, go to www.buildingdetroit.org; call 1-844-289-3522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org”