- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit developer says he wants to work with churches, community groups and a land bank to help demolish and fix up some of the 6,350 properties he is trying to buy.

Herb Strather and a group of investors made a $3.2 million winning tax auction bid for the dilapidated houses and vacant lots.

The sale is part of a “Blight Bundle” effort by Detroit and Wayne County to fight blight by packaging groups of properties.

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Ten percent of Strather’s bid is due Wednesday and the remaining balance within two weeks.

The Detroit News reports that county records show Strather owing $260,000 in tax liens and judgments. A $77,000 bank judgment also has been filed against him.

Strather told reporters Wednesday that he once owed $20 million.

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