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)
  1. Streetscape and Neighborhood Connectivity (Department of Public Works)

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    • Beltline Greenway

      Progress Update – Oct 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.

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  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

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

      Single Family Rehabilitation: Progress Update – Oct 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 year.

      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. 3 out of the 16 properties are well underway and will be completed this year. All exterior components are being completed on the remaining 13 properties and work to proceed between fall of 2019 and spring 2020.

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      Duplex Development: Progress Update – Oct 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.

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    • Townsend Infill Development

      Progress Update – Oct 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

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    • Parker Durand Development

      Progress Update – Oct 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!
    • Anticipated Multi-Family Mixed Use Development Progress Update -- Oct 2019 – The City continues to have conversations with Detroit Public Schools and Butzel Family Recreation Center about mixed-use multi-family development on their underutilized parking lots fronting Kercheval Avenue.
    • Vacant Land Strategy (Boundaries: Mack, Kercheval, Field, Van Dyke)

      Progress Update – Oct 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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  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.