Detroit Development News
A community development group on Detroit's east side is hoping to use money raised in a crowdfunding campaign to transform a storefront on Mack Avenue into The Commons, a mixed-use community space.
It's been another busy month for development news in the city of Detroit. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.
Detroit City FC is preparing to kick off what it's estimating to be the largest community-financed project in U.S. sports history, the renovation of its future home, Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.
Detroit artists Mandisa Smith and Najma Wilson are hoping to liven up the Avenue of Fashion with an installation that will fill the empty space of a Livernois Avenue boulevard median.
"A lot of these signs are disappearing," says Krcmarik. "I've always liked the visual landscape here. Some of the anti-blight measures kind of destroy things. I have to keep it alive in some way even if I can't stop them from tearing down a building."
Seven placemaking projects, one for each city council district, are being given a boost by Community Development Advocates of Detroit.
Three Hamtown parks are going to see big improvements this summer.
The Brightmoor Maker Space would transform a 3,200 square-foot building on the Detroit Community Schools campus into a space outfitted with equipment and tools for woodworking, metalworking, printmaking, rapid prototyping, and multimedia production.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has added two more Detroit placemaking projects to its Public Spaces Community Places initiative. An events venue in southwest Detroit and a community garden in a northwest playground will receive sizable grants from the MEDC should each of them meet crowdfunding goals.
Each Detroiter will receive $5,000 for their project as well as training and support from professional mentors.
An effort is under way to save a Victorian farmhouse in northeast Detroit that was built in the early 1870s by Col. Philetus Norris, a Civil War veteran and the second superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.
On Saturday, May 2, local dignitaries and Eastern Market Corporation officials gathered to celebrate the unveiling of Eastern Market Shed 5 in all its renovated glory.
Two Detroit community groups have turned to crowdfunding to improve the neighborhoods that they represent. A Grandmont Rosedale park and an eastside bus stop are the targeted projects. In both cases, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has pledged to provide each successful crowdfunding campaign with a matching grant.
Over $100,000 in improvements are planned for the park. Nearly half of that would come from this crowdfunding-matching grant hybrid. If the park can raise its goal of $25,000 via crowdfunding by June 1, the MEDC will contribute a $25,000 matching grant.
Occurring April 13-15, PowerMoves@Detroit will offer $120,000 in direct prizes in addition to exposure and networking opportunities for local minority-owned businesses.