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Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

Washtenaw County tax foreclosures: See the 184 properties headed to auction

By Lizzy Alfs


216 N. Lincoln St., in Ypsilanti, along with 212 N. Lincoln St., are headed to a tax foreclosure auction this summer.

Courtney Sacco |

Two adjacent commercial properties on North Lincoln Street in Ypsilanti and 52 vacant lots in a Superior Township subdivision are among the 184 Washtenaw County properties headed for tax foreclosure auction this year.

The 2013 list of tax foreclosed properties, which now is available on the Washtenaw County Treasurer’s website, includes vacant lots, commercial buildings and residential homes. Some properties — like vacant lots in a partially developed subdivision —are packaged together at auction.

The list includes: 51 auction items in Ypsilanti Township, 30 in the City of Ypsilanti, five in Superior Township, four in Dexter Township, three in Milan, and one or two auction items in other areas of the county. No properties from the City of Ann Arbor are on the list.

The minimum bid price for auction items ranges from $687 for a 0.15-acre property on McFadden Street in Salem Township, to $367,015 for 31 acres of vacant land on Arkona Road in Milan.

Two adjacent commercial properties at 212 and 216 N. Lincoln St. in Ypsilanti have a minimum bid price of $76,576, while 52 vacant lots in Superior Township’s Golfside Village subdivision have a minimum bid price of $165,532.


212 N. Lincoln St., in Ypsilanti and the neighboring 216 N. Lincoln St., are up for auction this year after the owner failed to pay back taxes.

Courtney Sacco |

The number of properties up for bid this year is down about 33 percent from 2012, when 274 properties went to auction. The former owners of the properties up for auction failed to pay their 2010 taxes, which includes property, income, federal and state taxes.

The county plans to distribute the properties across six auctions to make it easier for buyers who are bidding on several items. The online auctions will start on: July 16, July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20. If any of the properties aren’t sold, there will be auctions for the remaining parcels on Oct. 18 and Nov. 5. (

Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary said the county, in conjunction with Ypsilanti, will host an open house on June 28 where people can tour residential homes on the auction list.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Ypsilanti is still slowly heading down the proverbial drain. Higher crime, low property values, taxes higher than Ann Arbor and leadership in disarray. Owning property in Ypsilanti is a liability no one should have in their portfolio. Still a good buy for strip club owners, grow houses, nail salons and liquor stores.


Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 11:17 a.m.



Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 1:24 a.m.

Both of the Lincoln St. properties are owned by Hearns concrete. These are the same people who were recently caught dumping trash over near Hewitt and Congress. Guess they don't have money for taxes or waste disposal. Just the kind of business we need around here.

Laura J

Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 4:12 a.m.

I remember having them out to give me an estimate on a concrete driveway, probably 15 years ago. They looked shady back then.


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 9:26 p.m.

Here is something interesting that someone told us that this one house was abandoned, the bank could do nothing about it, so they abandoned it and then squatters took over, it took the WCSD to get them out and after all was said and done? Come to find out the people who owned it and left it? Owned far and square and nothing due. Weird ways banks end up just dumping stuff they no longer can get rid of.


Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 3:46 p.m.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?! Forget it. He's on a roll...


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

What are you trying to say?


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 10:10 p.m.


Dog Guy

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 8:24 p.m.

Some silly saps still suppose they own their own property and not just rent it from the taxman.


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 8:38 p.m.

One for you, nineteen for me.