Detroit's Mayor Dave Bing had plans earlier this year to have these buildings demolished by the end of the year. However, plans have been put on hold.
The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, the first federally funded housing development for blacks in the U.S., are still standing in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood, just across the freeway from downtown.
The plans for demolishing the eyesores were halted shortly after Bing announced his plans, as city council said 'no.' They thought the federal grant money the city was given would better serve residents if it was used to demolish houses in neighborhoods.
A table found in one of the Brewster Project buildings that I refurbished
The entire demolition project ― including survey, abatement and demolition ― would cost around $10 million, said Planning and Development Director Tom Anderson.
I visited the Brewster Projects shortly after the announcement was made, as I had always wanted to explore these buildings.
I felt a connection with some of the people that once lived in these buildings. The belongings that were left weren't just tables and chairs; they were memories.
I went back in August, remembering that these buildings were supposed to be torn down. The buildings ― which once housed The Supremes and Smokey Robinson ― remain the eyesores in a neighborhood that is trying incredibly hard to restore itself.
Here's a look at the Brewster Projects in its current state.