Planning and Development Department seeks proposals to study Russell Woods, Jefferson Chalmers and Banglatown
Proposals asked to target commercial corridor redevelopment, use of vacant land and structures, and building on unique assets of each neighborhood.
Community engagement process will be similar to that used for Livernois-McNichols and E. Riverfront planning
The City of Detroit is seeking proposals for planning and design services to create a neighborhood and economic development strategy in three additional neighborhoods: Russell Woods/Nardin Park, Jefferson Chalmers, and Campau/Banglatown. This is another step forward in the Planning and Development Department’s (PDD) goal of creating framework strategies for Detroit’s neighborhoods.
The Request for Proposals (RFPs) follow similar strategic planning efforts already underway in Rosa Parks – Clairmount, West Vernor/Southwest, The Villages/Islandview and Grand River/Northwest neighborhoods. Plans already are being implemented in Livernois-McNichols (including the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project) and East Riverfront, where residents will see an expanded access to the river, the preservation of more public riverfront land and nearby economic development.
With the release of the RFPs, the Planning Department will have targeted neighborhood planning projects across each of the city’s seven council districts. The studies now reach over 60 neighborhoods across the city.
Each study will coordinate planning with existing community groups to identify the key issues and come up with innovative yet realistic solutions that the city can implement. Strong community engagement in each neighborhood study will produce community-driven framework plans for the areas.
“These latest studies provide the City with an opportunity to allow residents to drive the vision of their own neighborhoods,” said Maurice D. Cox, director of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department. “We consider each study a new chance to engage residents deeply and to understand the unique assets particular to their neighborhoods.”
In Russell Woods/Nardin Park, the study will focus on economic development along the Dexter, Livernois, and Grand River Corridors with special attention to the stabilization of vacant homes in the historic Russell Woods neighborhood. Nardin Park will focus on a land stewardship strategy for vacant land throughout the neighborhood, with a focus on stabilizing vacant homes, vacant schools and vacant multifamily buildings of historic significance. The area is generally bounded by Oakman to the North, Grand River to the South, Dexter to the East and Livernois to the West.
The Jefferson Chalmers study will focus on commercial corridor improvements, historic preservation, rehab development, and creating green storm water infrastructure. The study will also look for streetscape and mobility suggestions and improvements. Much of the housing in Jefferson Chalmers is in great condition, spurring a recent spike in new residents there. The neighborhood also boasts 160 acres of waterfront parkland and the city’s only remaining exposed canal system, a strong asset for the residents. The planning area is bounded by Vernor (N), Alter (E), Detroit River(S), and Connor (W).
The neighborhood study in Campau/Banglatown will have a specific focus on landscape stewardship, rehab development, and the strengthening of commercial corridors. The study will also focus on green infrastructure, mobility and zoning. This area is home to a strong, connected, and diverse community of residents and business owners. It also is a welcoming neighborhood where people from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations can learn about one another and contribute positively to the quality of life in the neighborhood. Banglatown is also the only neighborhood in the country where voters can get a voting ballot in Bengali. The planning area is bounded by Davison/McNichols (N), Mound (E), Dequindre (W), Carpenter/Conant/Caniff (South).
The city is seeking proposals from a diverse group of planners and designers, both in and out of Detroit, to come work with the city and other world-class teams already on the ground.
“Our urban design work in the city is driven for positive, lasting, and equitable impact. Working with the City of Detroit, and Esther Yang’s team on the Islandview Greater Villages project has been a great partnership,” said Dan Kinkead, design principal with the SmithGroupJJR. “We all have a shared commitment to creating real benefit through thoughtful, innovative, and resourceful strategies.”