Plans for Detroit neighborhood target vacant properties

Associated Press

Detroit — Plans to revitalize a Detroit neighborhood call for a comprehensive strategy to address all vacant, publicly owned properties in the area as part of an effort to increase property values and improve residents’ quality of life.

The city says the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project includes dealing with 100 vacant buildings and more than 250 vacant lots in the neighborhood on Detroit’s northwest side.

One part will include rehabilitation or demolition of about 100 houses. The city said in a statement another part will include a plan to transform vacant lots “into productive landscapes that can include innovative ecological, agricultural, energy, crop and other uses.”

A park and greenway are planned as part of the project. Requests for proposals have been released and there’s a late-August deadline.