Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mailbag: Warrendale Community Development Corporation

In response to my post about Warrendale Rocks!, Nick Kovach wrote in to ask:
This sounds like a great idea frank. Will you provide more details about the CDC?
Warrendale unfortunately has more than its fair share of vacant, blighted homes. The City of Detroit is doing what they can about them. However, they are having their own financial problems at the moment and aren't able to address the problem fully.

The Warrendale Community Development Corporation exists to supplement what the City and other entities are doing. Hopefully, some of the things that the Warrendale CDC will do will serve as a prototype for other neighborhoods.

One of the things that the Warrendale CDC will do is deconstruct some of the properties that are too far gone to be restored. This involves taking them apart piece by piece so that almost everything is recycled or reused. Hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead paint, can't be salvaged. Everything else can and will be.

The Warrendale CDC is also working with various historic preservation groups to identify those structures that are eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

More details on these programs will be forthcoming.
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