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Work has started at the Brewster-Douglass Projects to abate all the nasty materials so they can demolish these buildings.

That blue crane is the company doing the prep wok for the demolition, they are putting their signs on the towers.

You can see they have been working in some of the Douglass towers already, more than putting up signs anyway.

Over in the Brewsters, you can see the same activity.

Looks like they smashed some stuff over here.

Anybody hear any recent news about the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center ?

To anybody out there who is thinking right now that they should save the Douglass Towers and reuse them for new development, perhaps because of their architectural or historical significance – let me just remind you of the Jeffries Projects, and let us take a look a two of those towers in their new….hats ? They stuck a few architecture looking things on the top of them, basically. They still look like projects to me. I am not in favor of saving Brewster-Douglass, and it is PRIME real estate with amazing views of downtown and the upcoming hockey stadium entertainment district.

I will miss Brewster-Douglass though. Check back for updates as the demolition progresses, I’ve got front row seats.

9 Responses to Razing Brewster-Douglass

  • Prime real estate? LOL, yep, just like Brush Park. I think you if demolish anything in Detroit, odds are it’ll be awhile before it’s replaced.

    The Brewster-Douglass projects were inhabited maybe – what? – five or six years ago? The buildings were certainly in need of serious repair even then, but vacating and then razing the buildings just seems like the wrong choice to me. In a metro area with a stagnant/possibly declining (we’ll see next census) population, you can’t keep tearing stuff down and expecting it to be magically replaced.

  • I am sticking with my original analysis, thanks.

  • detroitfunk, your last answer in this string is cray cray. Give your audience a considered reply.

    First, the Brewsters are only north of Wilkins and everything south is Douglass, including the remaining low-rises. Both projects got the hyphenated name when Douglass was built adjacent to Brewster about 20 years after Brewster broke ground.

    Both projects were built there on the west side of legendary Hastings Street, with all its positive and negative associations. The city chose those sites for projects for lots of reasons, including: 1) the neighborhood had attracted African Americans; 2) to help maintain values in still-whiter, still wealthier Brush Park nearby; 3) Victorian-era anything was deemed obsolete anyway; and 4) ‘modern is inherently better’, as the feeling went back then.

    Downtown hadn’t grown out that far yet and there was no I-75 when any of the projects were built, so it was just an off-to-the-side site, not the highly-visible anchor location we think of it as today.

    As for the Rec Center, as I recall in the 2012 demo announcement, the application for funds for demo did not include it, the City hoping to hold onto it for future rehab while the area around it got redeveloped.

  • i think they should renovate them and call them the Hipster-Douglass Projects :D

    “U wan cheap rent? here u go”

    MOAR surface prkinglots pls

  • Only thing I’ve seen about the rec center is the one line in this Freep article (which I missed last week; someone just showed it to me today) mentioning that it’s not slated for demo. Good thing, too; I’m not done photographing the place yet.

  • Because Detroit is cray cray…

  • If it is such primo real estate why did they spend the funds on projects in this location only to have it become run down and then demolished?

  • City will be probably selling Brewster Wheeler and it will be torn down as well. It is supposedly part of the package of Brewster-Douglass, but won’t be demolished yet (so I’ve been told by the City)

  • IIRC the “hats” on the Jeffries towers hide retrofitted A/C workings