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PACKARD-02-articleLargeDeveloper From Peru Has Eye on Detroit

DETROIT — It was late Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend when Fernando Palazuelo reached the head of the line at the tax collection window of the treasurer’s office in Wayne County, Mich.

He had traveled 3,700 miles from Lima, Peru, to make a simple request. “I am interested in buying the Packard plant,” he said. “And I want to speak to the man in charge.”

A few minutes later, he was ushered in to see Raymond Wojtowicz, the 84-year-old county treasurer responsible for tens of thousands of foreclosed properties in the bankrupt city of Detroit.

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