- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An unfinished stadium in eastern Michigan was being demolished this week following a town order.

The owner of the half-built arena and hockey rinks in Kimball Township agreed last week to tear it down. The township said it would remove the structure and take Mostafa Afr to court if he didn’t submit demolition plans under its dangerous building ordinance.

Crews were dispatched almost immediately after Afr presented the plans for demolition, which is being done at his own expense.

The Times Herald reports (http://bwne.ws/1mgG17M ) the demolition is part of a larger effort to remove blight in Kimball Township.

Kimball Township Supervisor Rob Usakowski said the site of the arena, which has remained unfinished since 1999, has been an eyesore for years.

“I was a little surprised that it happened that quickly,” he said. “I’m glad that it’s finally taking place.”

He said officials are also considering township-wide trash collection in their effort to clean up the area.

Although Afr did not return calls for comment, the Herald reports he will likely sell the land.

Afr Enterprises of Southfield had plans for a $56 million hockey arena and sports complex, but financial difficulties stopped construction.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com