Michigan justices take appeal in demolition case

BRIGHTON (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute between the city of Brighton and the owners of two downtown properties that need repairs.

Brighton wanted two vacant homes and a garage demolished, telling Leon and Marilyn Bonner that the cost of improving the structures would exceed their value. But two courts so far have said the city ordinance is illegal because it doesn't offer a repair option if the owners are willing.

The Supreme Court has agreed to take an appeal from Brighton. The issue is whether the ordinance violates the due process rights of property owners. It's not known when arguments will be heard.

In December, the state appeals court ruled against Brighton in a 2-1 decision.

Published: Mon, Jul 8, 2013


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