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Detroit issues moratorium on used auto, salvage yards

January 5, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — The city is temporarily saying “no” to the opening of used auto and salvage yards in Detroit.

Mayor Mike Duggan has declared a 1-year moratorium on applications to establish or expand those types of businesses. It goes into effect on April 1.

It’s also aimed at used tire storage and sales, scrap iron and metal processors, junk dealers, and auto dismantling and wrecking shops.

Duggan’s office says there is concern about the growth of those types of businesses in neighborhoods.

The moratorium does not stop existing, legally established businesses from renewing licenses or obtaining required certificates.

Current operators have 90 days to comply with city ordinances before the moratorium starts or face closure. The city will use the period to review and update zoning and ordinances.

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