- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Mike Duggan will give the keynote address during a property development conference on reusing vacant Detroit public schools and other district property.

The conference is scheduled March 13 at the Gleaners Community Food Bank.

The school district will provide details on surplus property across the city, including near Detroit’s riverfront and Midtown. Officials also will discuss how vacant schools fit into Detroit’s plans for long-range redevelopment.

District real estate manager Tammy Deane says officials hope the conference leads to “a creative reuse of the properties that will ultimately benefit the neighborhoods in which they are located.”

More than 80 closed schools and other buildings are for sale.

The district has made more than $12 million on the sale and lease of vacant properties since 2009.

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