City's Update to Residents (Nov. 12)

The Platform opens Obama Building, brining affordable housing and retail to Old Redford

The Platform celebrated the opening of the Obama Building, a historic bank building in the Old Redford neighborhood, Nov. 12. The $3.6-million renovation of the building at Grand River Avenue and Lahser Road will bring four affordable, loft apartments and 8,800 square feet of retail space to the corner and serve as a new gateway for the neighborhood’s main commercial corridor.

The Obama is the first Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF) development to open in the neighborhood since Mayor Mike Duggan’s December 2018 announcement that the fund was being expanded and would include the neighborhood.

The public was engaged from the project’s inception, and the neighborhood advisory council weighed in on which types of businesses should go into the Obama. Old Redford residents will see additional SNF investments, including the Old Redford Link, improvements to Rogell Park and more. Flagstar Bank represents the SNF funding community in Old Redford.

The Strategic Neighborhood Fund initiative is a public-private partnership administered by Invest Detroit that raises funds from philanthropic partners and then invests that money into 10 neighborhoods spread across the city, including Old Redford. So far, the fund has raised just shy of its $59-million goal and has invested in everything from streetscape and park improvements to new construction and rehab projects.

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Gayanga announces plan to build trade school and headquarters in northwest Detroit

Gayanga Co., a Black-owned construction engineering firm, announced plans this week to construct a new trade school and company headquarters in the Hope Village neighborhood on Detroit’s northwest side.

The firm purchased four parcels of land and will construct a training facility at 14584 Livernois, starting next spring. In coordination with the local skilled trades unions, the company has developed programs to prepare students for an apprentice position with the Laborers International Union of North America, Local No. 1191, and the Operating Engineers, Local No. 324 Union.

The company will build its 13,000-square-foot headquarters at 14400 Wildemere, and the facility will be the future home to a full-service auto mechanic training facility and garage.

The company is using its own funding and grants to complete the $6-million project. Gayanga was awarded $1.47 million in Department of Energy grants specific to training minorities in the area of skilled trades.

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