Liberty Square Demolition Begins
On Monday August 5, 2013 the Demolition of the Liberty Square Housing Complex began. Ypsilanti Township Officials, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, the Director of the Michigan Land Bank, and other state officials gathered to mark the start of the demolition.
Ypsilanti Township Building Director Ron Fulton said that this was the culmination of “a three year concerted effort with the [Township] Board of Trustees, Sheriff’s Office, attorneys, and community standards” to address the blight and resulting crime in the complex. The WCSO provides contracted police services for Ypsilanti Township and works closely with Ypsilanti Township officials on public safety and quality of life issues in Ypsilanti Township.
The Liberty Square complex was condemned by Ypsilanti Township in 2010 and in August of 2011 declared a public nuisance by Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton. Judge Shelton cited the “extensive vandalism”, “individual units in danger of collapse” and declared that, “The dilapidated and crumbling conditions at Liberty Square present a continuing, impending danger to the general public…” The conditions at Liberty Square were a public safety issue, attracting vandalism, contributing to criminal activities and negatively impacting the quality of life in that area of the Township.
Sheriff Clayton noted that “Working with Ypsilanti Township and other local and state officials to eliminate blight is an integral part of the WCSO’s collaborative, root cause approach to its mission to “Create Public Safety, Provide Quality Service, Build Strong and Sustainable Communities”.