Final Phase of The Brewster Projects Starts

Photo by Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press

Photo by Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press

The final phase of demolition for a well-known vacant Detroit housing project that once was home to boxer Joe Louis and members of the Supremes.

Crews are using high-reach excavators to take down four 15-story towers that are part of the former Frederick Douglass Homes, better known as the Brewster projects.

Louis once lived at the project near downtown Detroit, as did members of the Supremes before the musical trio became vital voices of the Motown sound. Other demolition work began at the site last year.

The demolition is being paid for through $6.5 million in federal funds.

The public housing project was built in 1935 as Detroit’s first publicly funded housing development for African-Americans. But the neighborhood and the project went into a decline.

The Detroit Housing Commission began moving residents out, and the last of them left in 2008.

Homrich Companies is doing the demolition

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