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Building department returns to Highland Park

The Detroit News

Highland Park is reinstating its building department for the first time in 15 years, the city announced Thursday.

The town’s community and economic development director Yvette Robinson has lobbied for the city to get the department back, filing multiple applications to the state, according to a press release from Highland Park.

The state’s Construction Code Commission approved the request.

“This is a great accomplishment, having a building department will help to streamline development, allow the city to monitor and provide oversight and prevent future blight,” Robinson said in a statement.

The city says the building department will make Highland Park safer and generate revenue.

“Having a building department will improve the overall quality of living,” Mayor Hubert Yopp said.

The building department is charged with enforcing Michigan building codes and the city’s zoning, blight and rental housing codes.