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Demolition slated for Detroit's former Brewster-Douglass projects

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

A now-vacant housing project where singers Diana Ross and the Supremes lived before becoming Motown superstars will soon be demolished.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, along with Housing and Urban Development officials, cued the first of stage of demolition at the massive Frederick Douglass Homes complex, formerly known as the Brewster-Douglass housing project, on Wednesday.

"In addition to becoming an eyesore on our city's landscape, this site became a haven for criminal behavior," said Bing.

Known to most Detroiters as the Brewster projects, the decades-old complex along Interstate 75 has been vacant since the last families were relocated in 2008 due to safety concerns.

It consists of brick condo-like units, six-story buildings and four 14-story towers.

A $6.5 million federal grant will help pay for demolition and soil remediation that is expected to pave the way for redevelopment on nearly 18.5 acres of land spanning several city blocks.

"It's heartbreaking to see it all go," said Eugene Prince, a former Brewster-Douglass resident. "It's something I'll always cherish."

The demolition could take up to a year to complete.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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