Flint — An organization overseeing the demolition of about 1,600 Flint homes as part of a “Blight Blitz” has banned salvagers from entering them and taking materials or architectural details.
Items such as banisters, chandeliers and stained-glass windows are in demand, but the Genesee County Land Bank isn’t allowing salvagers. The Flint Journal reports, however, that contractors hired to demolish the homes may recycle what they can.
The land bank’s executive director Doug Weiland says concrete, structural steel and copper, if still inside, typically are removed by contractors. Weiland says the Land Bank doesn’t want to deal with potential liability if someone gets hurt while salvaging.
Officials in Flint last week kicked off a new round of blight removal efforts using their share of $100 million in federal aid for Michigan.