Eastern Market

Eastern Market Comprehensive Neighborhood Framework

A New Chapter Begins: Eastern Market Framework Implementation

To our friends, neighbors, and businesses in Eastern Market, we will need your continued participation as Eastern Market builds on the strong foundation of its past to craft a more prosperous future. Discussions focusing on zoning updates, future development, historic and cultural character, and infrastructure improvements will require your input in the months and years to come. Implementing recommendations resulting from the study requires the collective input and community by-in of the various stakeholders who hold Eastern Market near and dear to their heart.

Thank You!

City of Detroit Planning & Development Department

Zoning update framework study area

Zoning Update

The City of Detroit has started a discussion on a zoning update for the Eastern Market neighborhood using a newly created zoning use of MKT – Market and Distribution.  Eastern Market is the first Detroit neighborhood suggested for this update to respond to the needs of a growing regulated food market; while respecting the residents of the area and the inherent character Eastern Market is known for far and wide.  The zoning update will help to guide how development happens in the future.  However, this will require extensive public engagement and participation to ensure the update is the right fit. 

May 6, 2021 Process Update - The City Planning Commission approved to go forward the Master Plan Amendment and the proposed Zoning Update for Eastern Market on May 6, 2021. We thank you for all your comments, questions, and letters submitted.  The next steps for review and approval are: formal legal review by the City of Detroit's Law Department; and review and recommendation by the Planning and Economic Development (PED) Committee for the full City Council to consider a vote to approval.  The PED and City Council are opportunities for public comment on the Master Plan Amendment and the proposed Zoning Update.  The dates for those respective sessions are to be determined.  If there are any comments or questions on the Master Plan Amendment and the Zoning Update, please contact: Greg Moots ([email protected]); Kimani Jeffrey ([email protected]); or John Sivills ([email protected]).

We welcome your comments and suggestions!

  1. Zoning Update and Master Plan Amendment Public Meeting – Audio-visual Recording
  2. CPC Public Hearing – Zoning Update and Master Plan Amendment Presentation – April 15, 2021

  3. CPC Public Hearing – Zoning Update and Master Plan Amendment Presentation – Audio-Visual Recording 

Items previously posted have been moved to the Zoning Update Archive Section 

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Master Plan of Policies Amendment

The City of Detroit has also started a discussion on a Master Plan update, both to the Future General Land Use map and to the text of the Middle East Central Cluster, in which Eastern Market is located.  The map amendment would designate much of the area east of Dequindre in the area known as “Greater Eastern Market” as “Mixed Residential/Industrial”, the same area that is proposed to rezoned to MKT and SD2.  The text amendments would address the expansion of the food production uses, support the development of mixed-use housing and workforce housing in the area, encourage the use of stormwater management and visual screening to separate residential from food production uses, and finally, support the protection and authenticity of the historic market. Below are the proposed map and text changes.  We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Future Development Eastern Market

Future Development

As with the zoning update, future development on publicly-owned parcels requires community engagement to inform the public of any impacts a development may have on their communities.  These impacts will be based on the following criteria:  

  • The Development Team
  • Use of the Development
  • Number of Jobs to Be Created, Anticipated Pay, and the Job Application Process
  • Traffic Plan and Truck Counts
  • Noise and Smell Mitigation
  • Construction Timeline
  • Other Development Specific Information and Concerns

Stay Tuned for further updates on upcoming Greater Eastern Market Development Projects!

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Eastern Market view

Historic Preservation

The Planning and Development Department worked with the Historic Designation Advisory Board (HDAB) and Eastern Market stakeholders to propose boundaries for a local designated historic district with the purpose of protecting the integrity, views, and scale of development around the market sheds.  The recommendation to define the boundary around the market sheds was approved by HDAB on June 11, 2020.  At the November 12, 2020 board meeting, HDAB formally adopted the report on the recommendation for a local historic district that seeks to protect the market sheds. 

After extensive engagement on the proposed boundaries for a local historic district in Eastern Market in from 2019 into 2021, the Detroit City Council approved the Final Report as issued by HDAB on February 9, 2021.  The district became legal on April 1, 2021.

  1. HDAB September 10, 2020 Meeting Agenda
  2. HDAB November 12,2020 Meeting Agenda