Demolition of ex-Greek church in downtown Ann Arbor delayed until Tuesday
Ben Freed | AnnArbor.com
Demolition of the church is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to a foreman at the site.
Demolition had originally been scheduled for Monday, permitting issues delayed the start of the proceedings.
There was hope in 2006 that the property would be turned into a new luxury housing development called "The Gallery," but since then the site deteriorated into an eye-sore at the entry of downtown Ann Arbor.
Demolition of another blighted property, 219 W. Kingsley St., began Monday morning. There are further blighted properties along North Main - formerly planned for Near North - that many residents hope will be demolished soon.
The auction, which ends at 2 p.m. Tuesday, started in the early morning on Sept. 6 and quickly rose from $365,051 to $375,000 by 11 a.m. However, the auction has not received another bid since.
The church is one of 67 properties being sold by the county. Of those properties, 56 have a minimum bid of just $1,000 and as of 11 a.m. Monday, the vast majority are either within $2,000 of their minimum or have not met the reserve price.
Properties that do not meet a minimum price will be sold at another auction scheduled for Oct. 18.