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Bay Area developer looks to address mass incarceration with Detroit buildings

This August 2021 rendering from Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a California-based architecture firm, shows the site plan for the development project at Grand River Avenue and 14th Street in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood. Update: An earlier version of this story indicated that the Love Building is formerly known by that name. The building name […]

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Russell Industrial Center raising rent, skimping on repairs, tenants say

Dennis Kefallinos has owned the Russell Industrial Center since 2003. Many tenants describe being on month-to-month leases, which makes rent increases and evictions easier for landlords. Since the start of 2020, Kefallinos has filed 43 evictions against tenants at the Russell, according to records at the 36th District Court. Photo by Zaire Daniels In recent […]

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Denial of class-action status in land contract case highlights gaps in Michigan’s rules

A lawsuit alleging Detroit property owner Michael Kelly uses multiple and confusing contracts to lure vulnerable Detroiters into a “real estate bait and switch” was denied class-action status earlier this month for the very reason the suit was filed: multiple contracts.  The lawsuit, James v. Detroit Property Exchange, will still move forward on behalf of […]

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Why this team is looking to track every building development in Detroit—and will need your help

Pullman Parc development site at Lafayette and St. Aubin streets. Photo by Aaron Mondry Following building development in Detroit can be a daunting task. It’s a full-time job keeping tabs on what’s been announced, seeking city approval, in the middle of a community benefits process, under construction or behind schedule. But Detour Detroit is betting […]