Kalamazoo Land Bank plans to demolish 70 blighted homes across the county
Seventy blighted houses, some dens of crime and drug activity, will be an eyesore no longer.
A $1.26 million grant will pay for the demolition of up to 70 foreclosed homes across Kalamazoo County, 28 of which have been identified in the City of Kalamazoo, in the next 18 months. A majority of the sites are in low-income neighborhoods where most of the residents’ wealth is tied into their house, so clearing vacant homes helps raise property values in addition to solving safety concerns.
Kalamazoo was given the third-largest award, after Calhoun County and the City of Saginaw.