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Black-owned Detroit companies get half of demolition funds

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Associated Press
Created: September 25, 2021 09:08 AM

DETROIT (AP) - About half of the first demolition funds awarded following a bond proposal approved by Detroit voters have gone to Black-owned businesses based in the city.

The city says that, so far, the Detroit Demolition Department, which runs the city’s blight removal program, has awarded $70 million for the abatement and demolition of vacant houses and clearing out structures that will be secured for renovation and sale.

Only 10% of all contracts awarded have gone to companies not headquartered in Detroit. Detroit has demolished about 19,000 vacant and abandoned houses since 2014, but most of that work was paid with federal funds which placed restrictions on how contracts were bid and where the structures being torn down were located.

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