Demolition has been completed on the Briggs Building in the New Center Area. Until recently this building served as a storage facility for the Detroit Public library. The DPL purchased the building from the city in 2001 for $400,000. It had become too run-down to affordably use. The library had spent $100,000 annually just on utilities and basic repairs, and in 2006 they decided to sell the building. After two potential buyers bowed out, library officials believed they could better market the property once the building was razed.