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Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 6 p.m.

Crews demolish blighted house at First and Kingsley in Ann Arbor

By Amy Biolchini

Crews demolished a blighted, abandoned house at North First and East Kingsley streets in Ann Arbor Monday, marking a clean slate for the property after years of progressive states of disrepair.

The city of Ann Arbor purchased the property at 219 W. Kingsley St., as well as a property down the street at 215, in March using a FEMA grant.

A rain garden is planned for the site, which is in the floodplain and has had serious flooding issues. The Ann Arbor Public Arts Commission also has selected it for a public art installation.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

It is West Kingsley not East

Ann English

Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 1:23 a.m.

Right at the west END of Kingsley.


Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 2:32 p.m.

Sounds like Ann Arbor is trying to keep up with Ypsilanti? Good job Ann Arbor.

Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 11:41 a.m.

Your gallery shots aren't working. Stuck on first photo.


Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 6:05 a.m.

What great luck! Now the city has a place to hide the ugly artwork (see: Leaning Phallic Symbol of Ann Arbor) they've been buying lately. Nothing says "Hope & Change" better than a house demolition. :-)


Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 12:45 a.m.

All I can say is "its about time" -- I moved out of that neighborhood 10 years ago, and THEN it was already just an abandoned eyesore rapidly decaying...thank goodness....


Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

McGovern for Truth!

Linda Peck

Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 12:03 a.m.

It will be much prettier to view a garden from the jewelery business than the house that "stood" there for so long.


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

Wasn't that a "punk house" at one point....which is why it was run into the ground in the first place?

Randy Parrish

Tue, Sep 11, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

No that place was down on Miller ave a few blocks away, this place was run down for ever and the last I saw a poor family lived there some 10 to 15 years ago, it has since been a boarded up crack house.