It's been debated over the past few years whether the seven century-old houses that stand in the way of the City Place student apartments project are worth salvaging. Apparently at least pieces of them are. Crews from Ypsilanti-based Materials Unlimited are on site today, beginning the process of gutting the seven houses piece by piece. Meanwhile, crews from Michigan Pipe & Valve are continuing the installation of new underground water and sewer pipes along Fifth Avenue. Read the story.