First off, this post would not have been possible without HistoricDetroit.org, which was jamming out some mad facebook updates during last night's hearing on the proposed Hotel Charlevoix demo. In the end, the Historic Commission voted to deny the demolition and essentially told the owner Ralph Sachs that his messy building was his messy problem and that now is the time to clean it up. He has fifteen days to submit a plan to secure it. Sachs sent his lawyer and an engineer to the building but was not present. They presented the case that demo was the only option for the building, which they claim is full of feral cats and has been neglected for 20 years. After an hour and a half, the Commission agreed that the building was a hazard, but essentially claimed it was one that Sachs created. The night included complaints that the city isn't enforcing code violations and a lot of accusations aimed at Sachs who has owned the building for 28 years.
· Still Here! For Now. Charlevoix Hotel Demo Request Denied [Curbed Detroit]
· Have Your Say About the Proposed Hotel Charlevoix Demo [Curbed Detroit]