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Fight against blight targets shuttered Southwest Detroit Hospital, a highly-visible eyesore


DETROIT — Efforts to force commercial property owners to fix up or tear down blighted buildings in Detroit have taken aim at a highly-visible eyesore.

Mayor Mike Duggan's administration in July reached a consent agreement with Southwest Detroit Hospital's owner, Harley Brown.

The agreement requires Brown to paint over graffiti that has covered the five-story building for years, secure it from vandals, pump out water in below-ground truck delivery wells, remove overgrown vegetation, remove trash and debris from the site and repair the exterior.

Brown, whose Community Health Care Providers owns the facility, tells the Detroit Free Press ( ) he's done his best to keep the building in shape, but it's been targeted by vandals and scrappers. He's owned it since 1995.

The hospital opened in 1974 and closed in 1991.

Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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