Detroit once bustled with business and manufacturing, but unlike many other cities of similar size, has seen population decline since the 1950s. As people left, and city blocks were abandoned, it became increasingly difficult to keep track of the over 400,000 parcels of land within its limits, especially with an antiquated computer system. It is estimated that there are some 80,000 or more abandoned buildings.
Building is a high-cost investment that has the potential for a great return. However, along with the risks associated with such an investment, issues with the boundary of a property or it’s zoning or deed restrictions are known to cause headaches. Property disputes and unauthorized improvements are an expense that no one wants to bear.
When facing unauthorized improvements and boundary disputes, you require a surveyor’s assistance. The best time to seek this assistance is before you build as to resolve and prevent any issues curtailing the building itself and its profit at completion.
Boundary surveying confirms boundaries of your piece beforehand. Though existing features on your land may convey a boundary (for example, fences or a line of trees), the actual boundary can be quite different. If land is developed based on an assumed boundary, town or city officials will require you to remove the feature at fault or apply for a variance to clear up the issue.
Getting control of a piece of land for development is a big first step. However, just because you have the land and you have a vision for the building you want to construct doesn’t mean that you can always put the two together. What you’re going to be able to build — and where you built it — will get determined by what comes up on your survey.