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Jackson wants to raze 400 homes in blight fight

Associated Press

Jackson — The city of Jackson wants to raze up to 400 homes if funding to fight blight comes through.

Jackson is among 12 Michigan cities seeking part of $75 million in federal funding to deal with blight. Jackson is asking for $10.8 million. City Manager Patrick Burtch tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot he’s confident Jackson will get some money.

Jackson began aggressively demolishing homes in 2011. To date, nearly 300 properties have been razed as part of the effort.

Burtch says 800 to 1,000 vacant homes remain in Jackson.

The statewide plans, created by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, also will help fund work in Detroit, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster and River Rouge in Wayne County as well as Adrian, Ironwood, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon Heights and Port Huron.