Mayor delivers 2017 State of the City address

This week Mayor Mike Duggan gave his 2017 State of the City Address from Focus: HOPE on the city’s west side. Mayor Duggan spoke about topics including affordable housing, new residential street sweeping services and the launch of the Detroit at Work program.

You can watch the full speech here.

New Youth Career Center opens in Detroit

The new Youth Career Center (YCC) opened this week in southwest Detroit.  The center will support Detroit youth ages 16-24 who are not working or attending school by working with them to develop a path to a career through education, training and paid work experiences. The new center was made possible by a partnership between the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and SER Metro.

The YCC will be open for young residents ages 16-24 looking for career information starting Thursday afternoon. The new center is located at 5200 Stecker Street, Detroit, MI. For more information visit http://sermetro.org/

City extends Deadline to appeal proposed 2017 property tax assessments

The City of Detroit is extending the deadline for residents to appeal their 2017 proposed property assessments to February 28th, according to Deputy Chief Financial Officer and City Assessor Alvin Horhn. The deadline initially had been Saturday, February 18th.
How to Appeal
The appeal process will continue through February 28 in Room 804 of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tax bills will be mailed in June and payments are due by Aug. 31.

Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health Center announce new Pistons Training Facility

The Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System announced on Friday plans to build a state-of-the-art training, rehabilitation and sports medicine complex in the New Center area of Detroit.

The Henry Ford - Detroit Pistons Performance Center will house a new training facility and corporate headquarters for the Pistons; include a comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation facility managed by the health system; and incorporate public spaces available for community relations activation, networking receptions and team hosted events.
It will be built on a parcel owned by Henry Ford between Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital, approximately two miles north of the new Little Caesars Arena where the Pistons will begin playing games next season. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

What’s Coming Up?

Detroit People Mover’s Grand Circus Park Station Closing for Station Improvements 

Beginning Monday, February 27, the Detroit Transportation Corporation will close the Detroit People Mover’s Grand Circus Park station as part of a second phase of renovations. The closure is scheduled through April 3, 2017.
Now focusing on improvements to the exterior of the station, the emergency stairwell will be demolished and reconstructed. Emergency exit access is required at every People Mover station. Additionally, replacement of the platform roof and painting will also take place during this time.

People Mover trains will bypass Grand Circus Park station. Patrons traveling within the west/Foxtown portion of the Central Business District have the option of using the two nearest People Mover stations – Times Square or Broadway – during construction. Times Square is closest to the Rosa Parks Transit Center. Broadway Station is closest to the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Ford Field, and also is steps away from the Detroit Opera House. Elevator and escalator accessibility is available at both stations.

Detroit to Host 2 Enrollment Fairs this Saturday for Grow Detroit's Young Talent Summer Jobs Program

Mayor Mike Duggan issued a call earlier this month to the business and philanthropic communities to employ 8,000 youth and young adults this summer. In the last two weeks, nearly 5000 Detroiters, ages 14 to 24, have applied for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), a six-week summer program that combines work readiness training and on-the-job experience. Youth and young adults can still apply for the program online at www.gdyt.org or by attending one of two enrollment fairs on February 25. The fairs are scheduled for:
Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location 1: Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross, 48236
Location 2: Triumph Church, 2760 E. Grand Blvd., 48211
In addition, the City of Detroit is still seeking employers to participate in the program. Employers may participate by sponsoring a teen for as low as $850. Employers, who may be interested in being a sponsor, willing to hire a youth or have questions, should go online to www.gdyt.org or send an email to Ricardo Marble at MarbleR@detroitmi.gov.
The application period ends on March 31. Youth selected for the program will be notified in May. The program runs for six weeks beginning in early July.

Council Member Mary Sheffield to Open New Community District Office

Council Member Mary Sheffield is excited to announce the grand opening of her new west side Community District Office at Williams Recreation Center located at 8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard. The grand opening will be in conjunction with a Tax Foreclosure Prevention Workshop sponsored by Councilwoman Sheffield, United Community Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services. The event will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. at the center.


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