Detroit plans legal notices in fight vs. blight

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DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit plans to post legal notices and take court action if needed against owners of blighted properties in one neighborhood.

The Marygrove neighborhood effort being announced Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Mike Duggan is part of neighborhood revitalization efforts in the bankrupt city. Detroit says notices will be posted on every vacant home in the neighborhood before owners are sued.

City Council President Brenda Jones and members of the Detroit Land Bank are expected to be on hand for the kickoff event.

Duggan's office said in a statement that the new effort is the first phase of a "multi-faceted approach to eradicating blight in the city neighborhood by neighborhood." The city has been working for years to demolish vacant and dangerous buildings.

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