A list was finally published of some of the top commercial water customers with delinquent accounts. They have ranged from companies who have been in trouble in the past with Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to individuals who seem to have attempted business ventures that failed. What is most surprising is that among the top 40 delinquent commercial accounts there is a cluster in Midtown and Downtown – the newly named “Innovation District.”
The Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD),a not-for-profit by Michigan mandate, estimates that 18,073 commercial accounts make up about $26 million of the deficit or almost a quarter of accounts past due.
We looked into a few of these corporations and found some odd things:
- Vargo Golf – with the highest amount past due, manages six golf courses in metro Detroit with three in the City of Detroit – Palmer, Rouge, and Chandler.
- Borman LLC was taken to court in 2010 for defaulting on a commercial mortgage, the property at 18718 Borman St. is a large industrial property located where I-96 and Southfield Fwy meet.
- Metro Livernois LLC received millions in brownfield redevelopment funds for work on the Metro Plaza Redevelopments, it is unclear what or where that project is
- State of Michigan-DMB, one of the downtown locations, claims that it doesn’t owe the city this money
- G F H Enterprises could not be found listed anywhere
- Brodhead Armory, built 1930, has not been used by the military reserves since 2004. Check out the abandoned building on detroiturbex.
Peruse the full list of data HERE, let us know if you have other information on any of these accounts.