‘It’s bringing my property value down’: Overgrown yard causing concerns for residents on Detroit’s east side
About a week ago, Local 4 brought you the story of a man who doesn’t feel safe going out into his own backyard because he doesn’t know what might be living in the overgrown yard next door. It’s a vacant home, and finding the owner hasn’t been easy.
City helps fix Detroit woman’s home after Defenders investigate sewage issue
DETROIT – A Detroit man went to the Local 4 Defenders for help because his neighbor was dumping raw sewage in their backyard. Chavone Demham admitted to dumping the sewage and told the city that she was in need of help. “It’s a program called Code Blue,” Bowser said. AdIn a typical year, Code Blue helps about 30 families. While the assistance directly helps Demham, it also helps all of the neighbors living on Birwood Street.
Detroit senior citizen claims neighbor is dumping raw sewage in backyard of home
DETROIT – A local man said city officials wouldn’t help when he complained about his neighbor dumping raw sewage into the back yard. Something needs to be done about that sewage leaking into the backyard,” Scott said. Within hours of the Defenders contacting the city, an inspector -- along with Detroit police officers -- arrived to address the problem. The city said if the pumping of sewage does not stop immediately, they will be fined $500. If you have a similar problem, you can report it to Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department at 313-628-2451.
City, Quicken Loans fund look to simplify process for new businesses in Detroit
A collaboration between the city of Detroits Building Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department (BSEED) and the Quicken Loans Community Fund hopes to simplify the permitting and inspection process to make it easier to open a business here. A number of changes were recently implemented to reduce confusion and simplify the process. Perhaps most importantly, the city has brought many of these functions online through its new eLAPS or Electronic Licenses and Permits system. The city says that the volume of new businesses in Detroit necessitated the changeBSEED has issued more than 22,000 business licenses and 3,000 commercial building permits since 2015. The Quicken Loans fund contributed $90,000 in funding and in-kind services to the project.detroit.curbed.com