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Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 11:18 a.m.

Demolition of ex-Greek church in downtown Ann Arbor delayed until Tuesday

By Ben Freed


The former Greek Church on N. Main St. has been fenced off in preparation for its demolition.

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With about one day left on its Washtenaw County tax foreclosure auction, the former Greek Church on the 400 block of North Main Street. also has about one day left standing.

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.

Ben Freed covers business for Reach him at 734-623-2528 or email him at Follow him on twitter @BFreedinA2



Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 11:05 p.m.

RIP purple church. you were the best hideout sneaky high school smokers could ever hope to have.


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 7:09 p.m.

If I want to view the details of the of the properties being auctioned, why do I have to create an account with Isn't this information public and shouldn't I have unimpeded access to it?

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Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 9:58 p.m.

You could have signed up for an account in the amount of time it took to complain about it.


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

I've mentioned this before but have these properties had the valuable things removed ? like scrap metals and architectural " stuff "


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

Yep. I believe they have mentioned in previous articles about how the guilded dome (brass?) was previously removed for scrap. Since vagrants have been breaking into and living in most condemned/ abandoned houses up for auction, you can bet they've been stripped, too.