DETROIT, MI - Eminem's former childhood home at 19946 Dresden on Detroit's east side was demolished Wednesday by the State of Michigan.
The bungalow-style home between 8 Mile and 7 Mile roads sat on a street with more than 70 vacant dwellings and was damaged by a Nov. 7 fire.
Crews started tearing down the home Wednesday morning and are expected to be finished with debris removal at the lot by the end of this month.
A press release sent to MLive from the Michigan Land Bank, the state agency that owns the property, described the rapper's home as "structurally unsafe" after the blaze.
"The condition of the property post-fire presents a safety hazard that the Land Bank is responsible for removing," Michigan Land Bank director Kim Homan said in a statement. "The goal is to demolish and clean up the site, so neighborhood safety and order can be restored."
The Land Bank received more than 120 bids on the property after MLive first reported that it owned Eminem's childhood home.
State officials tried to reach out to Eminem to see if he wanted to bid on the property, but didn't receive interest. They did get word that he was disappointed that it caught on fire.
Dennis Dennehy, Eminem's publicist, wrote in an e-mail to MLive late Tuesday night that there likely "won't be a comment" about the home's demolition or its historical significance.
It was also featured on the cover of Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" album released in 2000.
A commercial for Eminem's new album shows footage of him walking by the home and the phrase "Welcome home for the last time."
Property records indicate Eminem's mother Debbie Nelson, listed as Debbie Mathers, was owner of the property from March 1992 to April 2003.
Anderson Cooper, of CBS' "60 Minutes," profiled Eminem for a story in 2011 and went with him to his old neighborhood.
Prior to the fire, the Land Bank received a bid from an Eminem fan who wanted to turn it into a museum.
Hazlett also claims a woman in the office, who didn't identify herself, told her several other abandoned homes on the street between 7 and 8 Mile roads will also be demolished.
"My heart just literally dropped when I heard the news," Hazlett said. "The woman told me there's absolutely nothing I can do."
The bid process for the 19946 Dresden property was halted, according to the press release, "until an assessment of the fire damage could be conducted to determine the extent of damage and plans for the continuation of the bid process."
The press release added that state officials "had advised prospective buyers in recent days that it would not sell the property in its current state."
However, after demolition, the press release reads that reclaimed land on the site will be available for sale.
"We appreciate the interest and pop-sentiment this unique property generated, and we wish the circumstances were different," Homan said. "Our focus now is on making sure that the neighborhood's interests are put first."
The Michigan Land Bank's online database lists 16 properties on Dresden that it owns and appears to accept bids on. And 19946, as of Wednesday morning, was still listed.
Hazlett said Tuesday she had not ruled out buying the land where Eminem's former home stood or at least one vacant home nearby on the street.
"I don't know, I don't know," Hazlett said. "There's got to be something I can do."
Hazlett initially placed a bid on the Dresden home on Nov. 4 after she saw MLive first report that it was for sale via the Michigan Land Bank.