Islandview Greater Villages Planning Strategy

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:

  1. Landscape Design and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (General Services Department / Detroit Parks and Recreation Department)
    • Butzel Family Playfield ReDesign

      Progress Update -- Feb 2019 – Landscape Architecture and Design firm Spackmann Mossop Michaels (SMM) have been selected to lead design work. Contract was recently executed in January 2019 and consultants are beginning their orientation work.

      Project Contact:

      Jeff Klein
      Deputy Chief of Landscape Architecture, General Services Department
      [email protected]
  1. Streetscape and Neighborhood Connectivity (Department of Public Works)
    • Kercheval Avenue Street Improvements

      Progress Update -- Feb 2019 – City is currently working on previewing anticipated street design concept to residents, businesses, and organizations along the Kercheval corridor. These conversations will be occurring in the month of February. A public community meeting anticipated in early March 2019. Please stay tuned here for design previews the City may communicate digitally in the interim. Anticipated construction to begin late 2019

      Project Contact:

  1. Housing and Economic Development (Housing and Revitalization Department)
    • Housing Preservation initiatives to identify and proactively address at-risk regulated and non-regulated affordable housing

      Project Contact:

    • Single Family and Duplex Rehabilitation (Boundaries: Mack, Kercheval, Field, Van Dyke)

      Progress Update -- Feb 2019
      Single Family Rehabilitation – There are 16 structures currently being rehabilitated as part of  the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s “Rehabbed and Ready” program; 6 of the 16 publicly owned single-family structures rehabilitations are underway and have completed board up and clean-up work; lead abatements and structural work will begin shortly. City will work through 2019 until all 16 structures are ready to be occupied

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      Duplex Development – There are 18 publicly owned duplexes prime for rehabilitation. Developers have submitted development proposals. The evaluation team, composed of city staff and neighborhood residents, will be interviewing candidates soon. City anticipates to select developer for first phase of duplex rehabilitation by Feb/March 2019

      Project Contact:

      Joshua Bails
      Public Private Partnership Specialist, Housing and Revitalization Department
      [email protected]
    • Townsend Infill Development

      Progress Update -- Feb 2019  City is exploring housing development proposals for a series of publicly owned lots along Townsend Street across the street from Butzel Family Playfield. Developers have submitted development proposals. The evaluation team, composed of city staff and neighborhood residents, will be interviewing candidates soon. City anticipates to select developer for Townsend Infill Development by Feb/March 2019

      Project Contact:

      D'Marco Ansari
      Public Private Partnership Specialist, Housing and Revitalization Department
      [email protected]
    • Vacant Land Strategy (Boundaries: Mack, Kercheval, Field, Van Dyke)

      Progress Update -- Feb 2019 – City continues to examine all publicly-owned parcels within this boundary to explore future land use possibilities. Please stay tuned.
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  1. Rezoning Considerations to achieve development goals in items 1-3 listed above

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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.