Homes in demolition ordinance dispute torn down

Associated Press

Brighton — Two dilapidated Livingston County homes that were the subject of a long-running dispute that reached the Michigan Supreme Court have been demolished.

The homes and a garage belonging to Marilyn and Leon Bonner in downtown Brighton were torn down Tuesday. Dennis Dubuc, the Bonners’ attorney, tells the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell it was a “sad day.”

City attorney Paul Burns tells WHMI-FM he hopes other development can take place.

The state’s high court in 2014 unanimously upheld a city ordinance that can require the demolition of buildings if the cost to repair them exceeds the value. The court said the Bonners didn’t have a constitutional right to repair unsafe structures.

In 2009, the city informed the couple the unoccupied homes built in the mid-1800s were public nuisances.