- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio.

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program - TARP - says the average cost of razing a house in Michigan increased from about $9,200 to $17,600.

In Ohio, the cost rose from about $9,200 to $15,000.

The agency says Wednesday in a report that Michigan’s costs dropped about 38 percent last year following an audit.

Funding for demolitions in Detroit was temporarily halted last year while Treasury officials reviewed a state audit of spending costs.

The Detroit Land Bank says the average demolition cost eventually was cut to $13,516.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide