Detroit woman says city is blocking her from buying empty home next door

- A Detroit woman is fighting to save her block by buying the house next door - but as she goes back and forth with the city, thieves are picking the property clean.

Now she's worried about her safety and fed up with what she feels is a slow response from Detroit police. The abandoned house is in the East English Village on the east side of Detroit, it's in need of repair.

"We've been protecting it from vandals who try to strip it down," said neighbor Tommy Gray.

On Tuesday morning, someone tried to brake in and steal  the furnace and the hot water tank. 

"I started screaming get out of the house and said I have a gun," Gray said. "I have to protect the neighborhood."

But the suspects came back and took the items.  The police were called, yet no leads.  But the next-door neighbor said she's willing to buy the house.

"We currently have two good friends of ours that are homeless and need a home," said Cheryl Peters. "And this would've been perfect for them."

Peters is willing to put in money to fix the house and pay the back taxes which are over $5000.

FOX 2: "What have you done to try to get this house?"

"I've called the city building about 300 times," said Peters. "And the county. They keep giving me the runaround."
  
A foreclosure notice could be found stuck to the door.

FOX 2 placed call to David Szymanski, Detroit's treasurer, who said the property is in fact owned by a company called Strategy LLC out of Illinois.  And they made a deal to pay the back taxes. 

FOX 2: "You will not be able to buy the house because it's owned by a private company."

FOX 2 contacted Steve Wright who is the owner of Strategy, an Illinois company, but there was no comment. And it appears that Strategy may be behind in some tax payments. All might not be lost for Peters.


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