Court of Appeals defines public nuisance, upholds demolition of townhouse development
The Charter Township of Ypsilanti sought permission to raze the Grove Park Home Improvement development as a public nuisance. The owners objected. The Court noted that within the 17 buildings and 150+ units, many had been foreclosed and sold on tax sale. More than half the windows were destroyed and there was significant evidence of vandalism. There were structural problems including leaks in most of the roofing, decaying sidewalls and code violations in the foundation leading to entryway rot.
The Court concluded that the buildings were "unsafe to live in" and upheld the finding that the townhouse development was a public nuisance.