The folks in the historic Berry subdivision of Detroit are getting new neighbors.
Mayor Dave Bing and his wife, Yvette, are moving in to the city’s most famous house — the Manoogian Mansion.
Early next week, the Bings are expected to relocate from a rented condo on the city’s east side to the storied 82-year-old mansion, which has been undergoing renovations since May.
Bing made a campaign promise that he would not live in Detroit’s official residence, which has an annual city-fueled budget of $150,000. At one point, the mayor suggested that the mansion might be used as a revenue generator for the city.
But on Thursday, Bing said he was persuaded to move largely by Detroiters who want to buff the tarnished image of the mansion — the site of a rumored, but never proved, wild party that embroiled former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in controversy.