The Villages CDC
has been awarded $215,000 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
for greenways and bike lane planning and design. The money will also be used for community outreach and construction documents. Villages board member Kim Clayson hopes to complete this pre-development phase by February of next year.
While details are yet to be worked out, The Villages hopes to link its community up with other existing and planned greenways in Detroit, including the Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk and Conner Creek Greenway. Partners will include the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Creekside CDC, Jefferson East Business Association and Gleaners, since the agency is preliminarily planning a connection from its food bank to the Riverwalk.
The Villages has contracted with Ann Arbor-based JJR
to design the project. Chicago-based Active Transportation Alliance
will assist with getting input and feedback from the community.
Source: Kim Clayson, The Villages CDC
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh