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Mapping The Last Year In Detroit Building Demolitions

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In the last twelve months, Detroit has lost at least eight significant structures (and more single family homes than anyone can count). Here we take a look back at the most important losses from the last 12 months. Spot one that we missed? Don't whine, tell the tipline. We'll be updating this map as more bricks fall.

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1. American Axle Plant

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1840 Holbrook Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

This one fell around late February with a pile of rubble still visible in March. The 108-acre complex was sold with plans for the new buyers to redevelop the land for "industrial purposes."

2. Temple Hotel

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72 Temple Street
Detroit, MI 48201

In May this Cass Corridor safe haven for prostitution and drugs bit the dust. It was an obstacle to a new substation DTE needed to build to power the new Red Wings arena.

3. First Unitarian Church

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Woodward Avenue & Edmund Place
Detroit, MI 48201

This was was not so much torn down as burned down. In May the building owned by Salim Kemenko seemed to spontaneously combust. The case seems very suspicious.

4. Matthew Moroun Takes Down a Warehouse

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2600 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48216

In July, the greedy land barons of the Detroit International Bridge Co, the Moroun family, knocked down an empty warehouse. Mayor Duggan applauded the rich family for paying for their own demo, pissing many preservationists off.

5. The CARE Building

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139 Bagley Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

This one was cleared this August to make way for development on the Statler Hotel Site. Right now it just means there is a big triangle of emptiness across from the Kales Building.

6. Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

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This has been one of the longer demolition processes, which makes sense since there were four tower buildings. Demo started in January but there is still a little something left. (Previously this site lost two towers in 2003).

7. HQ for Children's Center

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110 East Alexandrine Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Last summer Midtown went on a demo spree, replacing two building with parking lots.

8. Freezer Theater

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3956 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

This building, also owned by the Children's Center, was taken down to become a "gated, well-lighted parking lot."

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1. American Axle Plant

1840 Holbrook Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This one fell around late February with a pile of rubble still visible in March. The 108-acre complex was sold with plans for the new buyers to redevelop the land for "industrial purposes."

1840 Holbrook Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

2. Temple Hotel

72 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201

In May this Cass Corridor safe haven for prostitution and drugs bit the dust. It was an obstacle to a new substation DTE needed to build to power the new Red Wings arena.

72 Temple Street
Detroit, MI 48201

3. First Unitarian Church

Woodward Avenue & Edmund Place, Detroit, MI 48201

This was was not so much torn down as burned down. In May the building owned by Salim Kemenko seemed to spontaneously combust. The case seems very suspicious.

Woodward Avenue & Edmund Place
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Matthew Moroun Takes Down a Warehouse

2600 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48216

In July, the greedy land barons of the Detroit International Bridge Co, the Moroun family, knocked down an empty warehouse. Mayor Duggan applauded the rich family for paying for their own demo, pissing many preservationists off.

2600 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48216

5. The CARE Building

139 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

This one was cleared this August to make way for development on the Statler Hotel Site. Right now it just means there is a big triangle of emptiness across from the Kales Building.

139 Bagley Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Detroit, MI 48201

This has been one of the longer demolition processes, which makes sense since there were four tower buildings. Demo started in January but there is still a little something left. (Previously this site lost two towers in 2003).

7. HQ for Children's Center

110 East Alexandrine Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Last summer Midtown went on a demo spree, replacing two building with parking lots.

110 East Alexandrine Street
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Freezer Theater

3956 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

This building, also owned by the Children's Center, was taken down to become a "gated, well-lighted parking lot."

3956 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201