City cracks down on graffiti and cleans up Fisher body plant

The old Fisher body plant has been an eyesore on Detroit's east side for ages.

At I-94 and I-75 motorists can see the large structure covered in graffiti, broken glass and debris.  It's a hazard, but the city is restoring the historic structure.

In August of last year we told you about the city's plan to clean up the site - and now the graffiti is almost gone.

With one paint stroke at a time, graffiti on the old Fisher body plant is disappearing.

"Actually the first time we removed over 400 tags from the building," said Jessica Parker, city of Detroit.

The city's effort is to remove graffiti and send a strong message to taggers. 

"What we're trying to do is work with the police department," Parker said. "So when we do see taggers out there, they can be arrested. Once they are caught and go to court, pay a fine help us remove the graffiti."

And even though the city has done a good job of cleaning the front of the old plant ...

"As soon as we remove the tags they come right back and re-tag it," she said.

So that means welding doors shut and removing fire escapes so the taggers can’t get to the higher parts of the building.

"We are trying to let the community know you can no longer come to the city of Detroit and tag our buildings," Parker said.

The city of Detroit hopes to eventually sell the old Fisher body building. Meanwhile,  private owners of buildings like the old Packard plant are also cleaning up the graffiti.

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