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Crime-plagued Club Tequila to face wrecking ball in Grand Rapids

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jul 02, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Kent County Land Bank Authority has received a state grant that means a troubled former bar will be torn down.

The Club Tequila Bar at 719/725 S. Division has been closed since 2010 and has been abandoned.  Between 2008 and 2010, there were 120 police reports of crime at the location.

The $50,000 grant from the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority for the Blight Elimination Program is making the demolition possible.  According to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, this is the final demolition of five buildings that have been purchased by Van Eerden Food Service for new development.

The MSHDA says more that $1.4 million has been spent to purchase buildings in the 700 block of S. Division for total redevelopment.

Several other Michigan cities and counties received grants from the Blight Elimination Program:

  • Battle Creek – $250,000
  • Springfield – $135,000
  • Dowagiac – $250,000
  • Muskegon – $250,000
  • Berrien County – $250,000
  • Kalamazoo – $217,350
  • Coldwater – $65,250
  • Marcellus – $155,100