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Detroit mayor: Vacant housing project coming down

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 10:15 am •  Published: November 15, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's mayor says a now-vacant housing project where singers Diana Ross and the Supremes lived before becoming Motown superstars will be demolished.

Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement Thursday about the massive Frederick Douglass Homes complex, formerly known as the Brewster-Douglass housing project.

A $6.5 million federal grant will pay for demolition and soil remediation that is expected to pave the way for redevelopment on several city blocks. Demolition could begin early in 2013.

Bing says "it's going to take us ... the better part of a year to get everything down."

Known to most Detroiters as the Brewster projects, the decades-old complex has been vacant since the last families were relocated in 2008 due to safety concerns. It consists of brick condo-like units, six-story buildings and four 14-story towers