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Detroit, Wayne County team up on effort to fight blight by packaging properties for sale

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DETROIT — Detroit and Wayne County are starting a new effort to fight blight that packages several properties, including homes and vacant lots, for sale.

Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz on Wednesday announced a process being called "Blight Bundle." They say the aim is to encourage the demolition of severely blighted properties and boost the redevelopment of salvageable ones.

The effort also will offer a way to return tax-foreclosed properties to productive use.

If a bundle of properties doesn't get a bid, they say the vacant lots involved will be made available for purchase through the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

The city of Detroit has worked for years to deal with blight, including vacant homes and businesses, and thousands of structures have been razed.


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