Mayor Duggan said the move is uncommon, but likely the right one.

The investigation began after police discovered Harrison's body in a vacant home on March 19. "Craig's interest and commitment has been unwavering throughout this process," Kelley Lyons, the DHC's executive director, told the Free Press. Initially, police suspected she died by drug overdose, but a medical examiner ruled she died of blunt force trauma. Built for the city's rich and powerful, the Lee Plaza still stands today, ravaged by the city's poor and destitute. The building opened in 1929, but Lee quickly sold it to the Detroit Investment Co.[4] Like many companies, the Detroit Investment Co. had financial issues at the beginning of the Great Depression, and the Lee Plaza went through a series of owners, some of whom Ralph T. Lee had an interest in. But the Circuit Court didn't sign off on such extraordinary compensation, and in June 1935, the bondholders took Equitable to court, saying they had not received a cent on their investment since 1930 and that the management was lax and wasteful.

In the summer of 1969, the city also turned the Hotel Wolverine near the Fox Theatre into another senior-living facility, as well as the Temple Towers near the Masonic Temple. "Not much had changed" from the time it opened, he told HistoricDetroit.org.

[4] The city has looked for a redeveloper, and in 2015, developer Craig Sasser, announced a $200 million redevelopment of Lee Plaza and the surrounding area. The bonds issued to pay for the construction of the Lee, $1.5 million ($18.4 million today) worth, were still outstanding, but by May 1939, the building was worth less than half that amount, $806,000 for the structure, land and personal property. Among the elaborate ornamentation on the exterior: large urns and the sides were dotted with ornately carved lion heads. [4] However, in that time luxury apartment living had fallen out of favor, residents left, and the hotel started renting rooms to transient guests. New proposals for the building, which has undergone a $400,000, two-phase stabilization project, are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Detroit has a buyer for a 17-story, severely dilapidated high-rise that the city hopes to see restored.

Besides the millions that would be required to undo what the city's negligence had allowed to happen, the Lee is located in an undesirable part of the city surrounded by blight and poverty. The Lee Plaza sadly sits in a state of half-repair. Outrage mushroomed when six of the lions turned up in a new development of $600,000 condos in Chicago at 1218-32 W. Bryn Mawr.

The Public Trust Commission accused him of "milking" the Lee Crest, for which he was a co-receiver.

The first floor was filled with marble, expensive woods and elaborate plasterwork; its ornamental ceilings craned necks. "He conceived the idea that 'someday' he would like to build and own such an apartment in his home town -- Detroit.". rivaled even the Book-Cadillac in grandeur. Without it, the brick could collapse. Strange Abandoned Places features thousands of the best pictures of the worlds most mysterious and fascinating places. The Lee Plaza Hotel's ballroom echoes with the grandeur of the building's heyday.

He dazzled clients in his fifth-floor office in the General Motors Building (today known as Cadillac Place) that was decorated with "thick rugs, hung tapestries and furnished with tall, baronial chairs," and he sat behind a mahogany "desk whose area rivals that of a billiard table," the Detroit News wrote in February 1927. By fall 1935, the Lee Plaza was bankrupt -- and so was its namesake. The one- and two-room apartments came furnished; the three- and four-room option did not. But, he acknowledged, many would likely be apprehensive to speak with police. HOME | TOC | ABOUT | UPDATES | MAP | DISCLAIMER | CONTACT | AWARDS | LINKS. But with the onset of the Great Depression, the Lee Plaza was plagued by problems almost from the start because of Ralph Lee's lavish spending. The agency offered to sell the building for $1 if a deal could be made to work, but so far no one with the financial means has taken the commission up on its offer. He was finished. [2], The Lee Plaza Hotel was built in 1928 for Ralph T. Lee, a Detroit developer. Strange Abandoned Places features the worlds most mysterious locations, strange places and abandoned buildings. Lee was a natural and quickly became one of Detroit's best-known builders.

The murder of Bobbish and Kudla would have never made it out of Detroit if not for the courtroom antics of Hunter. The Detroit Building Authority has since covered its windows with clear boarding to secure the building. In 1931, the Equitable Trust Co. took over, and appointed Ralph Lee an adviser. Once police have cleared the houses, they will alert officials to board them up, Duggan said. The idea of residential hotels was a popular one at the time, offering "complete home life with all the detailed service of a great hotel added," a 1931 brochure for the Lee said. Ralph T. Lee made a fortune in real estate in the city, rising from making $1.50 a day in a furniture store to having a fortune worth more than $6 million before the Depression, a whopping $75 million today, when adjusted for inflation. "As long as there have been graves, there have been grave robbers, and a lot of people consider Detroit a large, unguarded graveyard," Katherine Clarkson, the then-executive director of Preservation Wayne, told the Free Press in February 2002. The Lee would continue to barely keep its head above the water until it was sold in the 1960s to a turnkey developer who spruced it up and sold the building to the city in January 1969. He was charged as an adult and is … Among the other luxuries: Each apartment had a Servidor, allowing for dry cleaning to be put out or packages delivered without being disturbed; a rooftop radio receiver that let each apartment "instantly connect your loud speaker with the leading stations of the country," the brochure said; and an adjacent parking garage with 24-hour valet service. The I-shaped, steel-and-reinforced-concrete building is one of the more dazzling Art Deco buildings in the city.

Saying, "I don't recall now" why he made the transactions and, "I have forgotten that, too," when asked why the transfers weren't recorded.

Time will tell if Detroit's fortunes have changed enough to where redevelopment of the Lee has gone from insanity to reality. The adjective is not misused.".

The Lee was the tallest building on the boulevard when it was built, as the Fisher Building hadn't been completed yet, so a beacon was installed on its roof.

(CNN)Even with a man in custody in connection with the suspected serial killings of three women in Detroit, the city is taking precautions to prevent more attacks. It also was used for badminton matches and to show a movie one night a week for residents and their guests.

Noted residential architect Charles Noble designed the building. Hundreds upon hundreds of Detroiters were living in Lee's buildings. The Lee continued to lose residents and head down hill. The Lees went to New York City to scope out other apartment hotels and to buy pricey furniture, such as $1,000 chairs and $2,000 tables ($12,000 and $24,500, respectively, today).

Its insides smashed to pieces by drug addicts, vandals and thieves.

In September 2002, the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois gave the condo developers the Richard Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Outstanding New Construction.

The other man charged with her death, Jeremy Lee, who was 16 at the time of the crime, previously plead guilty to the murder. The judge also booted Lee and his family out of the Plaza. [4], Since that time, the Lee Plaza has been stripped of many of its architectural elements.

The Lee features Mediterranean flourishes and originally had a French chateau-esque roof of red Spanish tile and ornamental lightning rods. One of the most magnificent and eerie is the Lee Plaza, a 15-story art deco behemoth built in 1929. The condos' builder, Greene & Proppe, said they had no idea the lion heads were stolen, and the owner of the artifacts dealer said he bought six of the lion heads from a dealer at an antiques market in Saline, Mich., in 2000.

“The Lee once represented the highest aspirations of the City and this neighborhood,” said David Di Rita, principal of the Roxbury Group, in a news release announcing the proposed purchase.

The following month, Circuit Judge Harry R. Keidan found Equitable and Ralph Lee in contempt of court and ordered them to pay the bondholders $30,000 in cash ($466,000 today). By 1935 both Ralph Lee and the Lee Plaza were bankrupt.