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Detroit knocks down 10,000th vacant house in 2½ years

Mayor Mike Duggan, residents and city leaders were on hand Tuesday to mark a major milestone in the city’s blight removal effort: the 10,000th vacant building to be demolished in the 2½ years since Duggan took office in January 2014. That’s an average of 75 every week for the past 134 weeks.

The city’s dizzying pace of demolition dwarves what the city has done in the past, as well as any other program in the country. Detroit demo crews now average about 150 demolitions per week, up from about 25 per week before Duggan took office. To put things in perspective, Detroit, as a city, has demolished more houses in the past 2½ years than have been taken down in any one state in the country.

To date, the City Detroit has been awarded more than a quarter-billion dollars by the U.S. Treasury Department and Michigan State Housing Development Authority to remove blight. Multiple allocations, based on the success of the ones prior, have allowed Mayor Duggan to significantly increase the number of neighborhoods where demolition can take place. When the first federally designated zones were approved in 2013, only 21% of Detroiters lived in neighborhoods eligible for federally funded demolition. However, Mayor Duggan successfully lobbied to have those zones expanded three times, and now, 90% of Detroit residents now live in neighborhoods where the city can demolish dangerous and abandoned buildings.

For more information about Detroit’s demolition program visit: www.detroitmi.gov/demolition


Mayor joins Motor City Match to announce Round Four grant winners

Mayor Mike Duggan announced Wednesday 11 more winners of Motor City Match grant funding to help them grow or expand in Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors. These grants range in size from $15,000 to $75,000 and have been awarded to a range of small businesses, including a beauty supply store, a cycling studio, a butcher shop, restaurants and a musical instrument retailer, among several others.

Motor City Match is Detroit’s signature small business development initiative. The program connects new and expanding businesses with Detroit real estate opportunities and provides them with the funding and technical support needed to help them succeed. Each quarter, up to $500,000 in grant dollars is available as well as business planning classes and other technical assistance. With this fourth round of grant awards, MCM has provided $2 million in funds to nearly 40 small businesses. Those funds have helped to leverage another $11 million in other investment in these ventures.

Round Four Motor City Match winners include businesses such as $75,000 grant awardee Twisted Roots, a beauty supply story located in the Eastern Market area, and $70,000 grant winner Block Party LLC, a property owner developing a space on Livernois that will house multiple tenants, including a sushi lounge and Japanese ramen noodle restaurant.

View a full list of Round Four grant winners or to apply your business for the next round.


Mayor participates in groundbreaking for the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University

Community members came together on Wednesday to break ground on the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in The District Detroit. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the school’s future home, where guests from across the city came together to celebrate a new era of business education in Detroit.

The Mike Ilitch School of Business will serve more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and provide flexible teaching, research, office and community spaces for students and faculty bringing WSU’s outstanding business programs closer to the market. The school will boast a competitive entrepreneurship track with coursework in areas including sports and entertainment management. Major structural elements of the new building will include:

  • Open collaboration space
  • Student support facilities
  • Conference learning center
  • Classrooms
  • Lab space
  • Faculty offices

For more information about The District Detroit and the Ilitch School of Business, visit www.districtdetroit.com.


Recreation centers to open over the weekend to give residents a break from extreme summer heat

City and Detroit Public Libraries Operate 19 Cooling Centers During Weekdays

With temperatures expected in the 90s and high humidity over the next several days, Detroit residents will have four locations to keep cool and avoid the heat over the weekend.

The City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department will operate the following centers from noon – 8 p.m. on July 23 & 24:

  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser Road, 48223 | (313) 628-2050
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Dr., 48207 | (313) 628-0995
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive, 48234 | (313) 628-2028
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere, 48209 | (313) 628-2001

The Main Library also will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Cooling Centers Open During Weekdays

The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and the Detroit Public Library also have cooling centers open during weekdays to provide air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat. The cooling centers are open throughout the summer during excessively hot days.

  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser Road, 48223 | (313) 628-2050
    Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Dr., 48207 | (313) 628-0995
    Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive, 48234 | (313) 628-2028
    Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere, 48209 | (313) 628-2001
    Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Main Library - 5201 Woodward Avenue, near Warren | (313) 481-1300
    T, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. – Also open on Saturdays
  • Campbell Branch - 8733 W. Vernor | (313) 481-1550
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Chaney Branch - 16101 Grand River, near Greenfield | (313) 481-1570
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Chase Branch - 17731 W. Seven Mile, near Southfield | (313) 481-1580
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Conely Branch - 4600 Martin, near Michigan | (313) 481-1590
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Edison Branch - 18400 Joy Rd., near Southfield | (313) 481-1720
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Elmwood Park Branch - 550 Chene, near Lafayette | (313) 481-1730
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Franklin Branch - 13651 E. McNichols, near Gratiot | (313) 481-1740
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Hubbard Branch - 12929 W. McNichols, near James Couzens | (313) 481-1750
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thomas Jefferson Branch - 12350 E. Outer Drive, near E. Warren | (313) 481-1760
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Knapp Branch - 13330 Conant, near E. Davison | (313) 481-1770
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Parkman Branch - 1766 Oakman Blvd., near Linwood | (313) 481-1810
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Redford Branch - 21200 Grand River, near W. McNichols | (313) 481-1820
    M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sherwood Forest Branch - 7117 W. Seven Mile, near Livernois | (313) 481-1840
    M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Skillman Branch - 121 Gratiot, near Library Street | (313) 481-1850
    M, T, W, Th, F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

District 7 Open House

Take a step towards home ownership and view homes for auction in district 7.

When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11:00am- 5:00pm

Where: visit www.buildingdetroit.org to select from a range of homes for auction. Addresses are available on the website.

For more information, call 313-974-6896.


Upcoming Road Closures:

The Detroit Department of Public Works today announced the following street closings:

  • Westbound Cadillac Square from Woodward and Bates will be closed completely from now through Oct. 22, 2016 for street activities.
  • Monroe from Brush to St Antoine will be closed completely from now through Sep. 6, 2016 for a weekend festival (Friday to Sunday between 5 PM to 2 AM).
  • Washington from State to Grand River will be closed Jul. 24, 2106 for a block party from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
  • Westbound lanes on Michigan Ave from Griswold to Shelby will be closed completely from now through Sept. 2016 for building renovation. However, one lane in each direction for both eastbound and westbound traffic will be open at all times, using the eastbound lanes.
  • Congress from Woodward to Bates will have northern westbound lane and sidewalk closed for building renovation from now through Oct. 31, 2016.
  • State St from Griswold to Shelby will have a partial closure of the eastbound lane and sidewalk for building renovation from now through Nov. 13, 2016.
  • Shelby from State St to alley south of State St will have a partial northbound lane closure for building renovation from now through Nov. 13, 2016.
  • Griswold from W. Grand River to John R will have northbound lane and parking lane closed from now through June 2017 for building renovation. However, one lane in each direction will be maintained.
  • Cadillac Square from Woodward to Bates will have parking lanes closed from now through Oct. 29, 2016 for Food Huts, Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, however two lanes in each direction will be maintained.
  • Washington from Larned to the alley east of Washington will be partially closed from now through Oct. 31, 2016 for building construction.
  • Larned from Washington to the alley north of Larned will be partially closed from now through Oct. 31, 2016 for building construction.
  • Shelby from Grand River to State will be closed completely from now through Jun. 1, 2017 for building construction.
  • St. Antoine from E Lafayette to Monroe will be partially closed from now through December 30, 2016 for building construction.
  • Grand River from Griswold to St Woodward will be partially closed now through Jan. 25, 2017 for building construction.
  • West Grand River from Griswold to Woodward will be partially closed now through May 1, 2017 for building renovation.
  • Griswold from Grand River to Clifford will be partially closed now through May 1, 2017 for building construction.
  • Library from State to Grand River will be partially closed now through Aug. 31, 2016 for building repairs.
  • Grand River from Farmer to Broadway will be partially closed now through Aug. 31, 2016 for building repairs.
  • Congress from Brush to Randolph will be partially closed now through Aug. 19, 2106 for conduit installation from 7 Pm to 5 AM.
  • Bates from Congress to Cadillac will be partially closed now through Aug. 19, 2106 for conduit installation from 7 Pm to 5 AM.
  • Congress at Bates will be partially closed now through Aug. 19, 2106 for conduit installation from 7 Pm to 5 AM.
  • Fort from Randolph to Brush will be partially closed now through Aug. 19, 2106 for conduit installation from 7 Pm to 5 AM.
  • Cadillac from Bates to Randolph will be partially closed now through Aug. 19, 2106 for conduit installation from 7 Pm to 5 AM.
  • Larned from Griswold to Woodward will be partially closed from now through Aug. 5, 2016 for façade repair.
  • Grand River from Griswold to Woodward be closed completely from now through Aug. 1, 2016 for water main repair.
  • Larned from Shelby to Griswold will be partially closed from Jul. 25, 2016 through Aug. 12, 2016 for steam pipe repairs.
  • Shelby from Jefferson to Michigan will be completely closed from Jul. 22, 2016 through Jul. 24, 2016 for movie production from 6PM to 12AM.
  • Fort from Washington to Griswold will be completely closed from Jul. 22, 2016 through Jul. 24, 2016 for movie production from 6PM to 12AM.
  • Lafayette from Washington to Griswold will be completely closed from Jul. 22, 2016 through Jul. 24, 2016 for movie production from 6PM to 12AM.
  • W Grand Blvd from Second to Third will be partially closed Jul. 22, 2016 for movie production from 9AM to 7PM.
  • W Grand Blvd from Second to Third will be completely closed from Jul. 22, 2016 through Jul. 25, 2016 for movie production from 7PM to 5AM.
  • Second from W Grand Blvd to Milwaukee will be completely closed from Jul. 22, 2016 through Jul. 25, 2016 for movie production from 7PM to 5AM.
  • Adams from Witherell to Brush will be partially closed now through Jul. 24, 2016 for an event.


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