- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Wayne County is auctioning a former hospital building where many of Detroit’s first black doctors worked after it opened in 1919.

Detroit Medical Society members tell columnist Laura Berman of The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1wprhL7 ) they were surprised to learn the county foreclosed on the boarded up Dunbar Hospital, built in 1892. The group of African-American doctors says it bought the site in 1978 for $3,000 and spent more than $400,000 on restorations. They say they never received a $1,700 water bill that caused the foreclosure and didn’t know about the auction.

A county treasurer says the county didn’t accept the group’s check for $3,800 Monday for the water bill and late fees because the building is already up for auction.

Bidding was up to $12,000 for the building by Tuesday.


Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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