Detroit Autoworks foreclosure displaces fundraising fireworks stand


News from our friends at Lynnwood Today that the Detroit Autoworks on Highway 99 at 212th Street is facing foreclosure, which has displaced a local youth group that planned to sell fireworks there as a fundraiser.

Here’s the complete story:

By Mike Murphy

It was supposed to be their largest fundraiser of the year. But just two days before volunteers with Northside Youth Programs planned to open a fireworks stand, the bank foreclosed on the car lot where it would have been set up.

DarNesha Weary, executive director of the non-profit group, told us Detroit Auto Works on Highway 99 and 212th Street SW was foreclosed on earlier this week.

“We will not be allowed to operate our site. We are extremely devastated by this news,” she said. “Since they are in receivership and our stand won’t benefit them they are unwilling to approve it.”

Northside Youth Program, which offers a drill team and drum squad for at-risk and underprivileged children, had hoped to earn $10,000 by selling fireworks.

“This was our main fundraiser of the year. Funds would provide scholarships for homeless and low income participants,” Weary said.

They are now scrambling to find another location.

If you’d like to donate to help make up some of the lost earnings, contributions are being accepted at any Chase bank branch.

We were unable to reach the owners of Detroit Auto Works for comment.


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