Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

November 16, 2012

Supremes' housing project coming down

DETROIT — A vacant Detroit housing project that was home to the Supremes before the talented trio struck gold with Motown is coming down.

Demolition of the massive Frederick Douglass Homes — known to most Detroit residents as the Brewster projects — could begin in early 2013, Mayor Dave Bing announced Thursday.

A $6.5 million federal Housing and Urban Development grant will cover the cost of tearing down the 75 condo-style apartments, two 6-story buildings and four 14-story towers. Soil remediation — the removal of any below-ground pollution — is included in that tally.

"It's going to take us, probably, the better part of a year to get everything down," the mayor told reporters. "This total area will be cleaned up."

The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where a young Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Past proposals have included a mix of new homes and retail establishments.

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