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"This Old House" will head to Detroit for the first time to help a retired firefighter and his family renovate their home in the Russell Woods neighborhood in the northwest area of the city.

The renovation project in Detroit will span 10 episodes that are scheduled to air in March. The Public Broadcasting Service television show has plans to renovate additional homes in Detroit, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

"There are some amazing housing stories in Detroit," John Tomlin, senior producer for "This Old House," told Crain's Detroit Business. "We heard beautiful stories of people working hard to improve their homes and we wanted to ... be a part of telling the story."

Tomlin said the producers of This Old House chose the Detroit project because they liked the family and "the house had some potential."

"We went through a lot of abandoned houses doing our research," he said. "A lot of them are borderline. You're not sure that the homeowners can finish it."

The two-story brick home was built in 1939 and was owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. The family recently purchased the home at auction and is required to rehabilitate the property and live in the house under the terms of the authority's auction program.

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