I went out for Coneys at lunchtime on Thursday and found temporary fences obstructing the sidewalk around the Lafayette Building. Lafayette Coney Island is not in the building, but a couple doors down.
The fence is a sign that the building may have a short future.
Friend and Free Press copy editor Dan Austin has started a Facebook group called "Save the Lafayette Building."
He explains: "The City of Detroit's development arm is soliciting bids to tear down the Lafayette Building, a 1929 landmark designed by C. Howard Crane (who did the Fox and State-Fillmore theaters). It's V-shaped design makes it unique among the city's architecture. Despite its graffiti-filled windows, the building is not beyond saving, and its location downtown make it a prime piece of Detroit's past to redevelop for Detroit's future. We want to urge the cash-strapped city to clean up the building for thousands of dollars instead of tearing it down for millions.
"We're not so much looking for donations as we are looking to create public awareness and support.
To learn more about this building's history, go to www.buildingsofdetroit.com and click on 'places' and then the 'Lafayette Building'."
It does not apear that thebuilding that house Lafayette Coney Island is in danger.