Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 21, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/21/2013

$100M in federal funds will fight blight

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan is getting $100 million in federal aid to demolish abandoned buildings to fight blight in Detroit and four other cities.

Snyder said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the aid. He says Detroit is getting $52.3 million, Flint $20.1 million and Saginaw 11.2 million.

The governor says $3.7 million is going to Pontiac, $2.5 million to Grand Rapids and $10.2 million to a reserve fund for additional demolition.

Snyder’s office says the targeted demolitions “represent a major expansion” of ongoing effort by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and other state agencies to clean up blight in Michigan.

Snyder says the “aggressive anti-blight effort will help stabilize neighborhoods that have been struggling for years.”

He says work will start this month in Detroit.

Snyder makes dive on Lake Huron shipwreck

ALPENA — Gov. Rick Snyder has gone underwater to see Michigan history.

Snyder, a certified diver, explored a shipwreck Tuesday in Lake Huron off Alpena. He’s visiting the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in the northern Lower Peninsula, where there are many wrecks.

The governor said the wood ship was carrying coal when it went down during a fire in the early 1900s. Snyder told TV station WDIV that “it was not a formula for success.” Fortunately, the crew survived.

Two motorcyclists die in traffic accident

CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP — Southeastern Michigan authorities say two motorcycle riders were killed when a car pulled into their path.

The crash happened at 8:40 p.m. Monday in Lenawee County’s Cambridge Township, about 60 miles southwest of Detroit.

Township police Chief Larry Wibbeler told The Daily Telegram of Adrian that 49-year-old passenger Dawn D. Hart of Martin died at the scene, and 56-year-old driver Daniel J. Santure of Cement City died Tuesday morning at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

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