Preservation hopes fail
for five barns in Michigan
Demolition is planned for five barns following an effort in recent years to save them as examples of Michigan's agriculture heritage.
The Hartland Township Board of Trustees approved a $19,600 contract to tear them down.
The barns and three silos are on a site adjacent to the township hall, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.
Tim Wiles of Howell, a member of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, was active in efforts to preserve the structures. He says the decision is "sad."
A demolition date hasn't been set, but officials say it could happen soon.
The site is expected to become parking and access to a planned park and trail system.
The township bought the site in 1998.