Detroit Dashboard for the week of 7/26
What We're Doing
Detroit earns an investment grade credit rating from S&P
Standard and Poor’s Rating Services issued a solid investment grade credit rating of “A/stable” on $245 million worth of bonds to be offered to the public by Barclay’s. This 6-step upgrade comes just seven months out of bankruptcy on bonds that are being used to finance a number of priority projects for the City.
New street lights to be installed on major streets
The Public Lighting Authority is making significant progress executing its three-year plan to relight the City of Detroit. The PLA began the plan to focus on lighting Detroit’s neighborhoods and now that the neighborhoods are 95% finished, it is moving forward to fix lighting structures on Detroit’s major roads. To review the full LED lighting plan, visit http://www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Led-Lighting-Plan.
DLBA sells over 2000 side lots
The Detroit Land Bank Authority has sold over 2,000 side lots in the last eight months, a rate more than 10 times what it was previously. In September of last year the Detroit City Council voted to transfer about 10,000 vacant city-owned lots to the Detroit Land Bank Authority. To buy a side lot near your home, visit www.buildingdetroit.org
City Council approves Land Deal for Riverside Park
Detroit City Council this week approved a land deal between the City and the Detroit International Bridge Company that gives the city an additional 4.9-acres of land to expand the park and $3 million to begin immediate upgrades. The deal means that Riverside Park, which has been closed for years, will be revitalized into a marquee park for the families of Southwest Detroit.
Detroit unveils new parking system and mobile app
Parking in Detroit’s metered areas is about to get much simple. Parking officials this week rolled out with the new system, which include a new mobile app called Park Detroit. Through this app, users can pay in advance for their spots and pay to add more time, if needed, without having to go to the kiosk. For more information about the new system, click here.
City’s blight removal funding preserved
Detroit’s share of federal Hardest Hit Funds – the city’s primary source for demolition funds – have been preserved, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Last week, some US Senators from other states recommended taking the demolition funds from Michigan and other states and re-allocating them for road infrastructure projects. Sen. Stabenow worked closely with her colleagues in the Senate until she was able to get a commitment that the demolition funds would remain intact. Since last year, the city has taken down more than 5,000 dangerous vacant buildings – a rate faster than any city in the country.
What's Coming Up
Detroit Police Department Fourth and Eighth Precinct present: Movie in the Park
DPD’s Fourth and Eighth Precincts are hosting movies in the park on Friday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in Patton Park, located directly behind Patton Recreation Center located at 2301 Woodmere. Rio and Transformers 4 are the featured films for the evening. For more information, visit http://www.detroitmi.gov/Calendar-Events/ModuleID/577/ItemID/2471/mctl/EventDetails.
Troops for Fitness classes through August
The Detroit Recreation Department and Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Program are offering courses taught by military veterans. The following classes are free for those with center memberships. Through August 14.
- Hip Hop Aerobics for all ages are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. at Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser Rd.
- Youth Basic Physical Fitness for ages 6 to 15 are on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Farwell Recreation Center, 2781 E. Outer Drive.
- Youth Martial Arts for ages 6 to 15 are on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for basic class and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for advanced at Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade.
- Weight Training for all ages on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade.
- Weight Training for seniors (50+) on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at Williams Recreation Center, 8231 Rosa Parks Blvd.