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Heads-up, Detroit: It looks as if you’ve got a new Kid on the block.

Neighbors say Michigan music star Kid Rock has purchased a house on the east side of Detroit, and they’re welcoming him with open arms.

 The 6,000-square-foot colonial-style home was sold earlier this year, said neighbor Tom Barrow, an accountant and onetime Detroit mayoral candidate. Barrow said his wife and children met the red-hatted Rock in the driveway earlier this month. Rock — raised Robert Ritchie in Romeo — has lived for more than a decade on a rustic property in Clarkston, where he also maintains a studio and some business operations.

It’s not clear if the Detroit house will be a full- or part-time residence for the 40-year-old star. A spokesman for Rock was unavailable for comment late Thursday.

“We’re happy to have him as a neighbor,” said Barrow. “We’re hoping his private life is calming and can have a positive influence on my young children. We’re confident he’ll be a good neighbor. I know he’s very pro-Detroit.”

Neighbor Diane Linn said she’s already got a housewarming gift in mind: a batch of chocolate chip cookies. “It’s really an old-fashioned kind of neighborhood,” she said. “Everyone looks out for each other. Everyone is friendly and warm. I’m sure he’ll be very pleased here.”

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