Project Green Light Detroit expands to 500th partner, now includes a broad diversity of business types

  • Three Thirteen on Livernois is 500th partner in rapidly growing public safety program
  • Launched with 8 gas stations in 2016, now includes apartment buildings, party stores, resturants, car washes, laundromats, and more
  • Program continues to help drive down crime in growing number of neighborhoods

Project Green Light Detroit, the high-tech community safety program that launched three years ago has marked a major milestone with the addition of its 500th location.  Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and several community members celebrated the occasion at Three Thirteen clothing on Livernois on the Avenue of Fashion, which was the 500th partner to join the program.   The growing chain, owned by Detroiter Clement Brown, appropriately will open this second location on Wednesday, March 13th (known in Detroit as 313 Day).

Since Project Green Light was launched in January 2016 as part of the city’s overall crime reduction strategy, incidents of violent crime at and adjacent to Project Green Light businesses has gone down 31%, year to date compared to 2015.  Officials also credit Project Green Light Detroit as one factor contributing to a 40% reduction in carjackings from 2015 to 2018.

“Project Green Light Detroit has become a centerpiece of our crime reduction strategy and its sustained growth shows the support it has among business owners and the community,” said Mayor Duggan. “The program has very clearly made a significant impact on public safety”

A key factor in the crime reduction is the additional police visibility at Green Light partner businesses.  Participating businesses have received more than 66,000 patrol visits during 2018. 

“These business owners have stepped up in a big way to commit themselves to this program and the Detroit Police Department is going to support them,” Chief Craig said. “We want all troublemakers in this city to understand that no level of bad behavior or criminal activity will be tolerated at any Green Light business.”

Project Green Light Detroit diversifies as it grows

When the Mayor and Chief James Craig originally launched Project Green Light Detroit, it started with eight gas stations and quickly expanded to others during the first year.  Since that time, the program has attracted businesses of all types, including multiple businesses along Green Light Corridors, that have volunteered to become participants of the public-private partnership program. Project Green Light Detroit attracts at least 4 to 5 new businesses per week.

Here is a breakdown of the 500 PGL businesses by type:

Business Type                           Number               Percentage

Gas station:                                105                         21%

Services (various types):      96                           19%

Party/liquor store:                  87                           17%

Retail:                                           84                           17%

Restaurant/bar:                        78                           16%

Residential:                               26                             5%

Community:                               15                             3%

Other:                                             9                              2%

Green Light Corridors:           3

Plaza partners:                         19                                             

Project Green Light helping to identify and arrest suspects. Here are some recent examples:

  • On January 25, 2019, a suspect entered a green light restaurant and demanded money from a cashier using a a knife, after receiving the money he fled the location. Using video footage from the location officers were able to identify the suspect. The suspect was located and arrested. The suspect was charged with armed robbery and received a $50,000 cash bond.
  • On August 1, 2018, a 70-year-old male was walking on Dexter when he was approached and robbed by two suspects.   Investigators determined that the victim’s debit card was later used at a green light gas station in the 9000 block of Grand River.  Using video from the Green Light location, detectives were able to identify, locate and arrest both suspects.  The first suspect was charged with unarmed robbery, identity theft and the illegal sale/use of Financial Transaction Device and the second suspect was charged with unarmed robbery.
  • On April 15, 2018, an 86-year-old woman was assaulted in the 10000 block of Dexter.  The suspect forcibly pushed her to the ground, snatched her purse and fled.  Based on Green Light footage from a nearby business, detectives were able to identify, locate and arrest the suspect involved without incident. The suspect was charged with unarmed robbery and aggravated assault.   

Participating businesses agree to install high-definition video cameras inside and out, as well as bright exterior lighting around the full exterior of the establishment. The video feed is monitored at the city’s Real Time Crime Center. 

“The Historic Avenue of Fashion is one of Detroit’s most valued jewels,” said Three Thirteen owner Clement Brown. “Three Thirteen is proud to hous its operations in a newly renovated building that had been vacant and dilapidated for more than 15 years.  We’ve invested a considerable amount of our own resources to design and build a place for the city and its citizens to be proud of.  We’ve partnered with the city of Detroit’s Project Green Light to help ensure our community’s safety as well as the continued success of our business.”