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Boston-Edison neighbors wary over long-condemned house

House on Chicago Boulevard has been condemned for man than a decade

A woman who lives next-door is scared to go into her driveway.
A woman who lives next-door is scared to go into her driveway.

DETROIT – A home on Chicago Boulevard in Detroit's historic Boston-Edison district has been condemned for more than a decade -- and it's more than an eyesore.

A woman who lives next-door is scared to go into her driveway.

"I'm afraid part of the building will fall on me ... which it has. Part of it has fallen across my driveway," she said.

Neighbors say Detroit's buildings and safety department told them the home was listed as dangerous. In December, city officials told Local 4 they needed 60 days to come up with a plan of action.

That deadline has since passed and the former president of the Boston-Edison Historic District says he's frustrated.

Making matters worse, a home just a few blocks away was demolished on Thursday, just three days after it burned down. The fire marshal declared the site a public safety risk.

On Friday, Local 4 learned the city will spend more money on demolitions. In a statement, the Detroit building authority says:

"We expect this house, along with approximately 500 others in neighborhoods across the city, will be demolished within the next 30 days."

The city of Detroit told Local 4 there were challenges because the home was not a city-owned property and is in a historical district. The funding is earmarked as emergency.


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