July 17, 2017
Certain areas once appropriate for industrial use should be reassessed and transitioned to land uses more beneficial to Detroit communities.
Detroit has hundreds of vacant industrial sites that are not likely to be returned to industrial use. A DFC Implementation Office assessment indicates that there are almost 900 vacant industrial buildings spread across the city.
Many of these buildings abut residential neighborhoods in some of the city’s most disadvantaged areas. Without a strategic approach to repurposing these properties, they will remain fallow for years to come, posing threats to public health and safety, and undermining Detroit’s recovery.