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 – July 2019 -- Thank you to all residents and community members who came out to our last 3 meetings. We are in the process of compiling comments and concerns, and working on more detailed design. We hope to host a neighborhood celebration in early September to unveil the final design and details, and talk more about the construction timeline. Preview the most current design as discussed recently with the community
Progress Update -- July 2019 – Department of Public Works (DPW) is moving towards the 100% construction document set. Targeted improvements for Kercheval Avenue are focused between E. Grand Boulevard and Parker. New work has been added! DPW will now also be repaving and restriping the street segment between Parker and St. Jean.
See Kercheval Avenue material below:
Progress Update – July 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.
Single Family Rehabilitation: Progress Update – July 2019 The City and The Detroit Land Bank Authority, through its “Rehabbed and Ready” program, anticipate completing the renovation and sale of all 16 publicly owned homes in the area bound by Van Dyke, Field, Mack and Kercheval within the next 14 months. Properties will be renovated in batches. Once the first 6 are rehabbed contractors will start on the next 5, and when those 5 are completed they will start on the final 5. All pre-construction work (including hazardous tree removal services) is completed on the first 2 batches of properties and currently ‘in progress’ on the last batch. Three properties from the first batch are currently under construction and design scopes are being finalized for the other 3 properties. Information on the sale of these homes will be available soon.
Duplex Development: Progress Update – July 2019 The City continues to work with the finalist from the IVGV Duplex RFQ. Hopefully the project will be funded through the City's next Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) this July, and will be able to start pre-development activities this fall.
Progress Update – July 2019 The City continues to work with the finalists from the Townsend Infill RFQ to develop the final programming (total number of units, design, rental rates, etc.) for the site
Parker Durand DevelopmentProgress Update – July 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 – July 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.
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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.
Preview the most current design as discussed recently with the community
Rendering - Kercheval looking East from Townsend
Streetscape Plan with Community Comments - Mt. Elliott to Parker Street
East Jefferson Corridor Improvements Flyer, Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Rendering – Kercheval looking West from Van Dyke
Streetscape Plan – E. Grand Boulevard to Parker Street