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Tyrone Clifton appointed to serve as Director of the Detroit Building Authority

The DBA Board has approved Tyrone Clifton to serve as director of the Detroit Building Authority.
Clifton, 48, a Detroit resident, has spent 14 years at the DBA and is currently the superintendent of capital projects, serving as the city’s senior construction projects manager.
In his time with the DBA, Clifton oversaw the successful completion of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, a $55 million project, and the construction and renovation of recreation centers, police precincts and fire stations throughout the City.
As director of the DBA, Clifton would continue to supervise all construction activities in the city, including upcoming projects such as the Dept. of Public Works Street Maintenance Facility, Real Time Crime Center and the new 8th Precinct.
The DBA will continue to play an active role in the city’s demolition program, the largest in the country. The City of Detroit has torn down 8,800 blighted homes since Mayor Duggan took office in 2014, helping to improve the safety, property values and quality of life of its neighborhoods.
Read more about appointment.

Detroit Police set to become national leader in implementation of body worn cameras 

Starting next month, the Detroit Police Department will begin the implementation of police body cameras and new in-car video across the entire department, thanks to city council approval of a $5.2 million contract with WatchGuard, an industry leader in the technology.  Council’s approval caps a more-than yearlong due diligence process led by Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan as part of their efforts to make DPD more transparent.

Last year, DPD was selected by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to be an example of a major city police department that implemented a BWC program through a competitive grant process; which will ultimately help other agencies around the country to develop their own BWC programs. To that end, DPD received a $1,000,000 grant to fund this initiative.  The remainder of the funding for the project is coming from the City of Detroit.

Learn more about camera program.


Grow Detroit's Young Talent summer jobs program gets $2 million grant from Obama administration

Mayor Mike Duggan’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program will receive a $2 million federal grant awarded over two years, enabling the city to provide another 1,000 young people with summer employment opportunities.

The $2 million represents Detroit’s share of $21 million in funding announced Monday by the Department of Labor and the Obama administration that are aimed at connecting disadvantaged young people with jobs this summer and year-round.

The youth start work July 6. Teens 14 to 18 years of age are paid $8 an hour, and those 18-24 receive $9.50 an hour. Most participants work 20 hours a week for six weeks. They will also receive 12 hours of work readiness training and another 24 hours of training, such as financial literacy education.

The federal funding will help GDYT create work experiences for 1,000 youth. The grant will be administered by the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation.

Learn more about summer jobs.

City Council Approves Municipal IDs

The City Council on Tuesday signed off on creating a municipal ID card program for those who may be reluctant or ineligible to apply for a state identification but want access to services.

The cards will provide the homeless, senior citizens, immigrants and others with additional means to access city programs, services and activities and provide identification to law enforcement.

Detroit adds its 27th Green Light Location!

The Detroit Police Department (DPD) has added two businesses to its Green Light Detroit crime-fighting partnership. The following businesses have installed real-time camera connections with monitoring at police headquarters:

  • 19195 Livernois Mike's Fresh Market
  • 18426 Plymouth Starter's Bar and Grill

More information on Project Green Light partners. Learn how to sign up your business.

DWSD and U of M Celebrate New Bio Retention Gardens

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) lead a celebration of four “Bioretention Gardens” utilizing vacant land following demolition of houses in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). The “Bioretention Gardens” are designed to capture and soak up stormwater while beautifying the neighborhood.

University of Michigan (U of M) faculty, supported by an Erb Family Foundation grant to the U of M Water Center, conceptualized the project and worked with DLBA, the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, and Warrendale Community Organization to survey residents about the garden concepts. DWSD led the project implementation, funding the costs of design and construction. As DWSD’s Green Infrastructure Program consultant, Tetra Tech oversaw the technical design and implementation of the Bioretention Gardens. Detroit-based Tooles Contracting Group, LLC spearheaded the garden construction.

Each garden is expected to achieve an average annual stormwater volume reduction of 300,000 gallons and should help reduce street flooding during big storms. The pilot project shows how vacant properties can become green infrastructure that enhances neighborhood quality of life while improving water quality in the Rouge River and the Great Lakes.

Learn more about DWSD bioretention gardens.


What’s Coming Up?

Motor City Makeover

It’s not too late to join thousands of volunteers cleaning and beautifying Detroit’s neighborhoods for Motor City Makeover. The third of three Saturday cleanups for Motor City Makeover will be held this Saturday, May 21, in Districts 1 & 2.

Individuals, community groups, block clubs, business owners, churches and schools must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods in order to receive a limited supply of bags, gloves and bottled water, as well as information regarding special pickups of bagged litter and roll-off containers. Register online at www.motorcitymakeover.org or call (313) 224-4415.

Companies or organizations that would like to make a financial or in-kind donation should call (313) 224-3400.

8 Mile Blvd Associations Contractor Fair Home Expo, Saturday May 21

The first annual Detroit Home Expo will gather the local home improvement industry under one roof for one day to connect with the legions of homeowners, building owners and investors working hard to rehab, improve and happily dwell in the region's spectacular housing stock. In addition to 60+ vendors, the Expo will feature a Neighborhood Toolbox; a collection of community organizations and government agencies that help citizens build the bonds of healthy neighborhoods.

The City of Detroit will be proudly represented:

  • Detroit Police Department will be giving out gun locks and giving a seminar on home security
  • Detroit Fire Department will be providing basic home fire safety information
  • HRD will be providing information on the 0% Home Improvement Loan program
  • BSEED will give a seminar on what to expect from inspections
  • Detroit Parks & Recreation will share information on park activities and programs

Evidence of Detroit’s strong entrepreneur community, the Expo has several incubator graduates such as Building Hugger (Motor City Match), Glass Block Professionals (Goldman Sachs 10KSB) and Motor City Popcorn (Build Institute).

And to address the shortage of skilled trade professionals and staggering double digit unemployment, the Expo will also feature a skilled trades job fair where career seekers can meet local employers, unions, apprenticeships and training programs.

For more information, visit: DetroitHomeExpo.com.


Upcoming Road Closures:

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

  • Westbound Cadillac between Woodward and Bates will be closed completely from now through Oct. 22, 2016 for street activities.
  • 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.
  • Jefferson, Larned, E. Grand River, Times Square, St. Anne, and Lafayette will have intermittent traffic detours to perform fiber cable work from now through June 15, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Congress from Woodward to Bates will have northern westbound lane and sidewalk closed for building renovation from now through Sep. 31, 2016.
  • Woodward from Gratiot to Michigan will be closed for M-1 Rail crossover construction from now through May 21, 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 a.m. to 2 p.m.  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.
  • Griswold from Larned to Congress will have the EB northern lane closed now through Jun. 25, 2016 for building façade work.
  • Shelby from Grand River to State will be closed completely now through Jun. 1, 2016 for building construction.
  • St. Antoine between E Lafayette and Monroe will be partially closed from now through December 30, 2016 for building construction.
  • Beaubien between Monroe and Lafayette will be partially closed on May 21, 2016 for sign installation.
  • Library between Gratiot and Grand River will be partially closed from May 26, 2016 through June 2, 2016 for fiber installation.

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