Residents: Crumbling Detroit apartment building is a danger

A crumbling Detroit building is more than an eyesore, it's a danger to those who live and work nearby.

Neighbors called FOX 2 months ago and the city said it would be torn down. As of this week, the destitute apartment building still stands.

"I need somebody to cry out with me because I'm tired of looking at this," said resident Tracy Marshall. "Look at this building, this building's going to kill somebody."

Marshall is a man on a mission - trying to get this crumbling apartment building on Dexter at Sturtevant torn down.

"What is it going to take," he said. "Is it going to take one of these bricks to fall down and kill a little child or kill somebody running to catch the bus."

His frustrations are well founded. The bricks at the top are barely attached and the sidewalk is covered with fallen debris.

The city of Detroit promised this building would be torn down in December and posted a notice.

"The city said they was going to do something about this building and they did nothing," Marshall said.

FOX 2 covered the story in January, with the city saying then that new federal environmental guidelines required more extensive clearances for demolition. As a result, the schedule had been pushed  back. 

Now it is April and still nothing.

Marshall was so worried he bought his own caution tape he put up around the building  - one year ago.

"I took my own money and went and bought caution tape," he said. "(I) taped from this area around the whole building to the next street."

Now the tape is just blowing in the wind - wind likely to blow more bricks off the building at any time. And a neighborhood still waits for the city to take action.

The city says the building is currently undergoing a phase two environmental assessment, but no timeline has been determined.

"(Mayor) Mike Duggan is doing a lot," Marshall said. "But he needs to hear this - he needs to come right here and see this."
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