Detroit to spend $4.4 million to tear down Shapero Hall, nursing home
The city of Detroit plans to spend roughly $4.4 million to demolish two eyesores: Shapero Hall, near Detroit's Lafayette Park, and the derelict Arnold Nursing Home, near Seven Mile and Southfield.
Any leftover funds will be used on additional commercial demolitions, said Naomi Patton, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's press secretary.
Shapero Hall is owned by real estate investor Dennis Kefallinos. He purchased the building in 2007 for $2.4 million. Kefallinos planned to turn the former Wayne State University pharmacy school into a hotel, but residents of nearby Lafayette Park successfully blocked the rezoning that would have enabled the plan to progress.
The Arnold Nursing Home closed in 2002.