Large hole filled in Detroit west-side neighborhood

Hole left after abandoned home demolished in February


DETROIT – A large hole was left after an abandoned home was demolished in the middle of a Detroit neighborhood in February, but none of the demolition crews did anything about the hole.

People living on Coyle Street on Detroit's west side called Local 4, who got involved.

"I can't get anyone down here to solve this problem," said Darnell Crenshaw, who was concerned about the hole. "It don't make sense."

The gaping hole next door to Crenshaw's home was left after an abandoned home was demolished two months ago.

"They dump tires, bottles and whatever," Crenshaw said.

Over time, it turned into a mini swimming pool. Neighbors grew concerned for the children.

"It's very dangerous for little kids," said Crenshaw. "They ride their bikes over the hill. Someone can get hurt."

Local 4's Chauncy Glover sent pictures of the hole and called city officials Wednesday evening. They told Glover an independent contractor was hired to tear down the house.

Local 4 went back to the site Thursday to find Denman Contractors out in full force filling the hole.

"Can you tell us what took so long to fill the hole here?" asked Glover.

"The initial process, we have to have inspection," said Wesley Holman, of Denman Contractors. "This particular one, the water line was still active. Did demolition, had to call water department, then sewer ... I had to cap the sewer and by then the frost law -- by the time law lifted I had a backlog of open holes."

And apparently dirt in the D is a hot commodity.

"Dirt is a hard commodity to get with the city," said Holman. "Demolish program with city, 10 to 12 contractors fighting for dirt."

Crenshaw pumped his fist as he and his family watched the hole disappear.

"I feel good knowing kids can be safe and my grandchildren," said Crenshaw. "I'm just thanking Channel 4 News. I'm happy."

So happy it was something Crenshaw could sing about.

"Yes, I'm happy. I'm not going to let nobody bring me down," Crenshaw sang.