Deputy Chief of Landscape Architecture, General Services Department
In an effort to achieve Mayor Duggan's commitment to neighborhoods, the City of Detroit's Planning and Development Department (PDD) is working on near-term implementation initiatives in several Detroit neighborhoods, including Islandview, West Village, Indian Village, and East Village.
The City of Detroit has mobilized a neighborhood strategy and implementation plan for the neighborhoods in the Islandview/Greater Villages (IVGV). Current near-term implementation efforts include the following:
Progress Update – Apr 2019 – Landscape Architecture and Design firm Spackmann Mossop Michaels (SMM) have been selected to work with the General Services Department (GSD) in the re-design of Butzel Family Park. To kick off this process the Parks and Recreation Division at GSD will have an open house to gather ideas and input from residents. The open house will be held at Butzel Family Recreation Center on April 11th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please tell your neighbors! - Kids are encouraged to attend!
Progress Update -- Apr 2019 – Department of Public Works continues to discuss upcoming streetscape improvements with stakeholders directly lining the targeted Kercheval stretch. A public preview was held on March 19, 2019 and was very well attended. A second public open-house is anticipated in late April 2019. Construction is expected summer 2019. Missed the Open House? No worries! Click the links below to view material from March 19, 2019
Progress Update – Apr 2019 -- This project is on an indefinite hold due to significant cost barriers related to land acquisition. The City remains committed to the project and will remain open to and continue to explore ideas for how to move the project forward.
E. Jefferson Corridor Improvements
Progress Update – April 2019 – This project is separate from implementation recommendations that emerged out of the Islandview/Greater Villages Process. The City of Detroit is planning improvements to support businesses, increase the safety and vibrancy of the street, enhance public transit, and repair underground utilities. There will be a public meeting on April 25, 2019 at the Butzel Family Recreation Center from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
Duplex Development – Apr 2019 The City recently received several responses to a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking developers to rehabilitate the first 8 of 17 duplexes located in the area bound by Van Dyke, Field, Mack and Kercheval. The selection committee, consisting of neighborhood residents and stakeholders, expects to make a decision within the next few weeks and construction could begin as soon as Fall 2019 depending on the type of financing used to fund the project.
Progress Update - April 2019 The City's Housing & Revitalization Department (HRD) recently received several proposals through a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) process to build a new construction multi-family housing development project on 13 publicly-owned vacant parcels on Townsend Street directly West of the new entryway being planned for an expanded and improved Butzel Playfield. A developer will be selected by a committee of city employees and neighborhood residents and stakeholders by mid-March 2019 and construction is expected to start in the summer of 2020 after financing and permits have been secured
Kercheval / Van Dyke DevelopmentProgress Update – Apr 2019 -- The Roxbury Group and Invest Detroit are pleased to announced that the project at the corner of Kercheval and Van Dyke was awarded a $3.5 million dollar loan on March 26, 2019 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through the Community Revitalization Program to fund construction costs. Our team is working diligently to complete all of the final paperwork to obtain the rest of the funding needed for construction. We will provide updates as we make progress and will be sure to announce our construction start date when we have a confirmed date. In the meantime, if you are a neighborhood retailer looking for space or know a neighborhood retailer looking for space please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include the name of your business and a short description. Looking forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!
Progress Update – Apr 2019 – City continues to examine all publicly-owned parcels within this boundary to explore future land use possibilities, either for additional development and/or land-based ventures.
Land Based Ventures (LBV) – SURVEY RESPONSES REQUESTED
Land Based Venture Neighborhood Survey: submit your responses
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A special thank you to Detroit-based firm Smith Group JJR and their team of consultants, who were the leading voices to the Islandview / Greater Villages Neighborhood Planning Effort in 2017 and 2018. Consultant Teams: Smith Group JJR (Lead), SCAPE Landscape Architecture, Christian Hurtienne Architects, Quinn Evans Architects, Copenhagenize, HR&A Advisors, Center for Community Progress, Streetsense, Inc.
Rendering - Kercheval looking East from Townsend
Streetscape Plan with Community Comments - Mt. Elliott to Parker Street
Butzel Family Playfield Renovation Meeting Flyer, April 11, 2019
Rendering – Kercheval looking West from Van Dyke
Kercheval Streetscape Exhibition Boards (with Community Feedback) – March 2019
East Jefferson Corridor Improvements Flyer, Thursday, April 25th, 2019