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Largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S. gets underway in Detroit

A wrecking crew demolishes a derelict structure at 3050 Belvidere on Detroit’s east side Friday, as part of the celebration of work getting started for the Hantz Woodlands project. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.

Hantz gets approval to start urban woodlands project in Detroit

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2013


Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has approved the sale of some 1,500 blighted parcels of land in the city to the Hantz Woodlands urban agriculture project.

The final approval will allow Hantz to begin razing blighted structures on the east-side parcels and to begin planting hardwood trees for eventual harvesting. The effort has been called the largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S.

The Michigan Department of Human Services and Hantz Farms celebrated the approval Friday by demolishing a blighted structure at 3050 Belvidere St. on Detroit’s east side.

The lots being sold to establish Hantz Woodlands consist of approximately 140 acres of land in an area roughly bounded by Van Dyke Street on the west, St. Jean Street on the east, Mack Avenue on the north and Jefferson on the south.

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