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Posted on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 5:50 a.m.

Rise & Fall: Demolition at Gault Village and New England Compounding Company

By Paula Gardner

One removes blight from an Ypsilanti Township neighborhood; the other is extending a multi-state crisis involving tainted drugs.

Here are our picks for a winner and loser from recent news:

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Rise: Demolition at Gault Village

It’s not easy to live near a large, vacant commercial space - just ask people near the former Georgetown Mall in Ann Arbor. Add blight to the mix, in the form of building damage, and suspicious activity nearby (a polite way to note prostitution and drug use) and it becomes easy to see why people who live near the former Kmart store in Ypsilanti Township cheered its recent demolition. The work came after township officials fought in court to force the building owner to act. Those steps make a big difference to anyone who lives nearby - and it’s a good reminder to municipal officials that, even if eradicating blight takes litigation, the effort can be worth it.

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Fall: New England Compounding Center

The Massachusetts company filed for bankruptcy in December, even as more people were diagnosed with fungal meningitis after they received contaminated injections. The company already is linked to more than three dozen deaths and more than 600 cases of the disease, affecting people in 19 states. Now litigation from victims seeking redress is stalled as the company retreats under bankruptcy protection. While the company says it wants to compensate people affected “fairly and appropriately,” this could force people seeking that compensation to turn to litigation against companies associated with NECC or hospitals - and not the source of the tainted drug.

Comments

jns131

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

I saw them doing something over at Gault the other day. I am just wondering if they are going to take out the rest of it though. Good news is Grove Road is getting a new make over. Now, can Ann Arbor tear down the Georgtown Mall?

BhavanaJagat

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 6:07 p.m.

Litigation against Medical Practice: NECC, the source of a tainted medicine had supplied the drug without receiving a prescription in respect of the individual who got infected by its use. This bankruptcy protection would force the victims to look at the actions taken by the other role players of this story. The hospitals/clinics/physicians have to justify the use of this tainted medicine in each individual case. I read several stories where the individuals had stated that they had received additional injections of the same tainted medicine even after experiencing some additional symptoms apart from the lack of relief from the primary or presenting symptom. There is clear evidence that may suggest negligent medical practice. In any case, the medical community has to justify this therapeutic regime that involves the practice of injecting long-acting steroid preparations to provide pain relief as the first-line of treatment.

Fresh Start

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

This is good news for the greater Ypsilanti area but leaving a vacant building up for 20 years is stupid. We have to do better than this. How about a new state law requiring buildings vacated for numerous years to be demolished? Think Detroit....Grand Central Station... The mining industry sets aside money for land reclamation...maybe big box retailers should too...