Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to be demolished with $6.5 million federal grant.


During a press conference November 15, 2012 at the historic Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, the city’s mayor Dave Bing, announced  that the federal government has agreed to contribute $6.5 million to help tear down the deserted projects, just northeast of the city’s downtown. Built to provide affordable housing for the city’s residents in the late 1930s and once home to famous Detroiters and Motown acts like Diana Ross and members of the Supremes, the buildings could be demolished as early as next spring. Joining Bing at the announcement on the site of the housing projects was Antonio Riley, a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Riley said the grant money is part of President Obama’s Strong Cities Strong Communities program which helps local governments revitalize blighted areas of the nation’s cities.