Detroit mayor: Vacant housing project coming down

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Photo -   FILE - In this photo taken Feb. 18, 2010, downtown Detroit and Ford Field are seen from a window at the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, where singers Diana Ross and the Supremes lived before becoming Motown singing superstars. Mayor Dave Bing has called a news conference for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, to announce plans for the projects, which Bing said in his March State of the City address that he wanted to demolish this year. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)
FILE - In this photo taken Feb. 18, 2010, downtown Detroit and Ford Field are seen from a window at the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, where singers Diana Ross and the Supremes lived before becoming Motown singing superstars. Mayor Dave Bing has called a news conference for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, to announce plans for the projects, which Bing said in his March State of the City address that he wanted to demolish this year. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)
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DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's mayor says a now-vacant housing project where singers Diana Ross and the Supremes lived before becoming Motown superstars will be demolished.

Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement Thursday about the massive Frederick Douglass Homes complex, formerly known as the Brewster-Douglass housing project.

A $6.5 million federal grant will pay for demolition and soil remediation that is expected to pave the way for redevelopment on several city blocks. Demolition could begin early in 2013.

Bing says "it's going to take us ... the better part of a year to get everything down."

Known to most Detroiters as the Brewster projects, the decades-old complex has been vacant since the last families were relocated in 2008 due to safety concerns. It consists of brick condo-like units, six-story buildings and four 14-story towers

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