In business, good intentions and strategies mean nothing without careful execution and consensus-building. This is particularly true of the ongoing rebuild of Detroit. As I have often mentioned, here, the growing coalition of government, private investors, and community, grassroots activists are what’s revealing Detroit’s new vitality.
But, while the success of Detroit’s plans for business and neighborhood redevelopment is, of course, best seen on the ground – there is a particular strategy, now unfolding, that underscores Detroit’s commitment to success – and it is in the Fitzgerald neighborhood. Fitzgerald, bounded by McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue, is home to the University of Detroit and Marygrove College.
Most important, the Fitzgerald project will not stand alone, as it is to be a template and guide to revitalizing as many as 100 Detroit neighborhoods, from east to west; north to south.
The plan is part of the $30 million strategic neighborhood fund, announced by Mayor Mike Duggan in February. The two-year plan for the Fitzgerald neighborhood includes:
-- Renovating 115 currently vacant homes into a mixture of rental properties and for sale homes at the neighborhood market rate;
-- Landscaping and maintenance of 192 vacant lots, creating productive landscape in place of overgrown and unkempt lots; and,
-- Creating a 2-acre central park (the Ella Fitzgerald Park) anchoring a new linked greenway, creating better connectivity throughout the neighborhood.
Not only does the Fitzgerald project enhance city-wide neighborhood stability, it will continue to increase Detroit neighborhood property values. Investors benefit. Residents benefit. Schools benefit. The future is now, do not miss the opportunity to shape it. Let us know what we can, together, do.