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WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS ORDINANCE?
The Community Benefits Ordinance is a law that requires developers to proactively engage with the community to identify community benefits and address potential negative impacts of certain development projects. The ordinance was approved by Detroit voters in 2016.

When projects trigger the CBO process, a Neighborhood Advisory Council is established, with nine representatives from the project’s impact area to work directly with the developer and establish community benefits, which are included in the final development agreement approved by the Detroit City Council.

Since voters approved the ordinance, residents have secured a number of commitments and benefits from developers for their communities through the process. So far the process has secured key benefits for the community such as:

  • $2.5 million to build 60 outdoor basketball courts in parks across the city from the Pistons Practice Facility CBO Process
  • The restoration of an abandoned school field for sports and recreation use, including a skate park and free programming for local youth from the Herman Kiefer CBO process
  • A commitment to provide more affordable rentals for low-income residents from the Wigle: Midtown West CBO Process
  • And dozens more, outlined here for each of the nine projects


HOW DOES THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS ORDINANCE WORK?

The Community Benefits Ordinance applies when a development project:

  • Is $75 million or more in value OR
  • Receives $1 million or more in property tax abatements OR
  • Receives $1 million or more in value of city land sale or transfer

When a project meets one or more of these requirements, the Community Benefits Ordinance process begins with the City’s Planning Department (PDD). PDD reviews the project scope and defines the project’s impact area. The impact area boundaries are set by census tract, but can be expanded to include additional impacted residents to ensure all residents in the impact area have an equal voice in the process.

Then, the city organizes community meetings over a three month period to introduce the project to the impacted residents, determine potential impacts of the project and establish benefits for the community. The process takes about three months, usually over 5-6 formal community meetings depending on the size of the project and the needs of the community. So far there have been:

  • Nine CBO projects, with 81 NAC Memebers serving, engaging over 500 Detroiters, over 54 meetings. 


WHO CAN SERVE ON A NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL (NAC)

The NAC is charged with advising the developer of concerns within the community impacted by a proposed development. They are the eyes and ears of community concerns on how a development affects their well-being, convenience, and livelihood.

Eligible members must be:

  • Residents of the impacted area
  • Nominated by residents of the impacted area, and
  • At least 18 years of age

The NAC consists of 9 members, who are selected as follows:

  • 2 elected by residents of the impacted area
  • 4 selected by the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (with preference given to residents expected to be directly impacted by project)
  • 2 selected by the At-Large Council Members
  • 1 selected by the local District Council Member whose district contains the largest portion of the Project
 

Cass & York, Lot #1, and Fisher Building Community Benefits Process


cass and york

The Platform, LLC is reaching out to the community to receive input on their upcoming projects. The Platform is developing a 1.85 acre site that will include Cass & York Condos, Antoinette Apartments, 6001 Cass, and a roughly 556-car parking structure.

The overall project will feature a mix of office, residential, and retail uses. The developer will also be making improvements to the interior of the Fisher Building, and developing the 2.37 acre surface parking lot adjacent to the building (Lot #1). Lot #1 will be a mixed-use development that features rental apartments, retail, a grocery store, and parking.


Cass & York, Lot #1, and Fisher Building Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • William (Bill) Mosely  -  Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Jordan Millwood - Elected by Impact Area Residents 
  • Elan Sandelin - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones 
  • John Matus - Appointed by At - Large Council Member Janeé Ayres 
  • Michele Whitmore - Appointed by Council Member Mary Sheffield 
  • Devan Anderson - Appointed by Planning & Development 
  • Sonya Clifton - Appointed by Planning & Development 
  • Sally Moore - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Jody Wise - Appointed by Planning & Development 

CBO Meetings 

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher Building Jazz Club (Concourse), 3011 W Grand Blvd
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher BuildingJazz Club (Concourse), 3011 W Grand Blvd
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher Building - 20th Floor Office Suite, 3011 W Grand Blvd
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher Building - 20th Floor Office Suite, 3011 W Grand Blvd
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher Building - 20th Floor Office Suite, 3011 W Grand Blvd
  • (If necessary) Community Benefit Public Meeting #6: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Fisher Building - 20th Floor Office Suite, 3011 W Grand Blvd

Resources


 

Michigan Central Station


Michigan Central Station

Ford Motor Company is reaching out to the community to receive input on the transformation of the iconic Michigan Central Station into the centerpiece of an innovation hub. Ford’s investment will include the development of a total of 1.2 million square feet of office, retail, parking and residential space to be housed in new and existing buildings within the Corktown neighborhood. Ford’s plans are anchored in a rehabilitated historic Michigan Central Station, which is expected to include retail and public spaces in the Grand Hall, and commercial office and residential space in the tower. 


Michigan Central Station Development Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Jerry Paffendorf – Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Heather McKeon – Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Aliyah Sabree – Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones 
  • Sheila Cockrel – Appointed by At-Large Council Member  Janeé Ayers 
  • Robin Ussery – Appointed by Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López 
  • David Esparza – Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Nicole Rittenouer – Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Mike Ransom – Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Ken Jameson – Appointed by Planning & Development
  • George Etheridge - Legislative Policy Liaison 

NAC: Special Community Meetings

  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 6pm. Location: Citizen Detroit, 2020 14th Street between Dalzalle and Marantette. There is parking in front and back of the buildings well as along Maranette.  
  • When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 5:30PM. Location: Citizen Detroit Office, St.Vincent Corktown, 2020 14th Street, Room 101. A copy of the draft agenda may be obtained by contacting: 313-334-3131

CBO Meetings

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: Monday, July 16, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), 1680 Michigan Ave 
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: Monday, July 30, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), 1680 Michigan Ave
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at IBEW 1358 Abbott
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: Monday, August 27, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at IBEW 1358 Abbott
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: Monday, September 10, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at IBEW 1358 Abbott
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #6: Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Gaelic League 2068 Michigan Ave
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #7: Monday, September 17, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at IBEW 1358 Abbott
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #8: Monday, September 24, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at IBEW 1358 Abbott


Resources 

 

Lafayette West


cass and york

Ginosko Development Company (GDC) is reaching out to the community to receive input on the Lafayette West Development, a proposed master-planned 5.2 acre community integrated into Lafayette Park. The project is located between Rivard Street and Chrysler Service Drive just North of Woodward Academy. GDC is anticipated to create 3 modernliving alternatives, high-rise, lofts, and townhomes; including rental and ownership options all located within walking distance to the Central Business District and neighborhood shopping.


Lafayette West Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Patrice McKinnon - Elected by Impact Area Residents 
  • Matt Morin - Elected by Impact Area Residents 
  • Andrea Pride - Appointed by Council Member Mary Sheffield
  • Dan Carmody - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayres
  • Margaretta Venson - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Julia Schlau - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Bryan Boyer - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Kumar Raj - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Jonathan Toney - Appointed by Planning & Development

CBO Meetings

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue 
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue

Special Meetings

  • Public Hearing for Brownfield Plan for Lafayette West: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Horatio Williams Foundation, 1010 Antietam Avenue (Public Notice)

Resources


 

Pistons Performance Facility and Headquarters


pistons indoor courts

Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Pistons will collaborate on the design and construction of state-of-the-art training, rehabilitation and sports medicine complex in New Center at 690 Amsterdam Avenue. The Detroit Pistons will operate a practice facility and training center for their players, as well as offices for their basketball and business operations staff. Henry Ford Health System will operate a comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation facility in an adjacent building. The project’s cost is estimated at $50 million. While the cost is under the threshold for Tier I Community Benefits Ordinance public review, the Pistons are interested in becoming good neighbors and a good partner in the community and seek the community’s help and counsel; thereby submitting to the Neighborhood Advisory Council for guidance to mitigate any concerns.

Pistons Practice Facility Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Dr. Ken Harris - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Kathryn Robertson - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Sarah James - Appointed by Council Member Mary Sheffield
  • Lynore V. Foster - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayres
  • Diane McMillan - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Amy Rencher - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Monique Dooley - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Randal Brown - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Ezza Brandon - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Kimani Jeffrey - Legislative Policy Liaison 

Meeting Dates 

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: March 20, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00PM at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: April 12, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00PM at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: April 17, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00PM at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: April 27, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00PM at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place

Special Meetings

  • Public Hearing for Brownfield Plan for Pistons Performance Facility and Headquarters: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM in the City of Detroit Council Chambers, 2 Woodward (Public Notice)

Resources



 

Herman Kiefer 


herman kiefer

Herman Kiefer Development, LLC (HKD), lead by New York developer and architect Ron Castellano, will adaptively reuse and renovate the Herman Kiefer hospital complex and the former Hutchins and Crosman school buildings and will work with the City and community residents and stakeholders to stabilize and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. HKD is expecting to invest over $100 million to renovate the buildings included in the 18-acre hospital complex site for commercial use. 

Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • George Adams - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Kathy Blake - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Dr. Armstrong - Appointed by Council Member Mary Sheffield
  • Sharon Calmese - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janee Ayres
  • Marquita Reese - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Renee Gunn - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Lorenzo Jones - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Raymond Thomas - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Marquisha Booker - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • George Etheridge - Legislative Policy Liaison 

CBO Meetings

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: March 9, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00PM at Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: April 5, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00PM at Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: April 18, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00PM at Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: May 3, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00PM at Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard

Resources


  Wigle: Midtown West 

wigle renderingPDH Development Group, a partnership between Detroit-based developer Roderick Hardamon and New York-based developer Mario Procida, will transform 901 Selden (the former site of the Wigle Recreation Center) into a new mixed-use development and public space amenity. PDH will spend $77 million to bring more than 300 new residential units, 8000 square feet of retail space and a one acre of public open space. The development, known as Midtown West, will include 335 new residential units, comprised of 175 rental units and 160 for sale units. Thirty-five of the rental units will be affordable housing for residents making a maximum of 80 percent of the area median income.

Phase I will include construction of 8000 square feet of new rental space and 167 of the 335 proposed new residential units. Phase I also includes the construction of the one acre open space plan, the reopening of 4th Street from Selden to Brainard and the rebuilding of Tuscola from 3rd Street to the Lodge access road.  Phase II will see the completion of the residential units and some commercial space.


Wigle: Midtown West Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Jenny Lee - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Derrick Dykas - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Shayla Griffin - Appointed by Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López
  • Dave Dobbie - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayres
  • Leslie Malcolmson - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Jesalyin Blount - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Lee Payne - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Samuel Merritt - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Francine Dorn - Appointed by Planning & Development

CBO Meetings:

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: Tuesday, May 23 2017 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy, 3550 John C Lodge Freeway
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:30PM at Jumbo's, 3736 3rd Avenue
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 6:00PM at CCNDC, 3535 Cass Ave
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:00PM at CCNDC, 3535 Cass Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:00PM at CCNDC, 3535 Cass Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #6: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:00PM at Allied Media Projects, 4126 3rd Ave
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #7: Monday, April 09, 2018 at 6:00 PM at CCNDC, 3535 Cass Ave

Resources



  Detroit Free Press Building Rehabilitation

free press building

The City of Detroit welcomes Bedrock LLC to present adaptive reuse/rehabilitation of the historic Detroit Free Press Building, located at 321 W. Lafayette. The 14-story Art Deco masterpiece housed the Detroit Free Press newspaper, including all associated operations, when it opened in 1925. The building, which also contained rentable retail and commercial space, was commissioned by Free Press owner E.D. Stair. Historic features include: exterior limestone carvings by New York sculptor Ulysses Ricci, advertising room murals depicting early Detroit history by Roy C. Gamble, to name a few. On July 23, 1998, the Free Press left its home of nearly 75 years, where much of the city’s best journalism had been created. Since the Free Press vacated the building it has fallen into a state of severe disrepair. Bedrock LLC projects to spend $69 million to transform the historic Detroit Free Press Building, located at 321 W. Lafayette. The project will create a mixed-use development that will include retail on the first floor, office space on the second and third floors, and residential apartments on the remaining floors above. 

Detroit Free Press Building Rehabilitation Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Beverly Burns - Elected by Impact Area Residents
  • Debra Walker - Appointed by Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López
  • Kimberly Jackson - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Andres Rosenthal - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayres
  • Eric Plummer - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Alexandra Novak - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Leslie Tom - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Melody Martin - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Will Butler - Appointed by Planning & Development

CBO Meetings:

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: June 5, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at The Beacon, 1 Woodward
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: June 15, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Erma Lois Henderson Auditorium located on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: June 19, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Beacon Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Woodward
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: July 6, 2017 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Beacon Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Woodward

Resources

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1 Flyer 
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1 Presentation
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2 Flyer
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4 Flyer 



Book Building and Tower and Monroe Blocks

 
Book/Monroe buildings

As part of the community benefits ordinance process the City of Detroit invites you to attend the kickoff meeting for the Book Building & Tower and Monroe Blocks. General selection of candidates for the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) will occur at the second meeting, held Thursday, August 24th.

Bedrock is reaching out to the community to receive input on two projects, the Book Building and Tower as well as the Monroe Blocks.Both projects are located in Downtown Detroit.

Bedrock’s complete rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Book Building and Tower is anticipated to create a mixed-use development which will include retail, office space, residential apartments, and a hotel.

The Monroe Blocks will be a new multi-building, mixed-use development consisting of office, residential and retail space featuring new parking and public spaces. Completing the circle of development around Campus Martius Park, the transformational project will include the first high-rise office building built in the area since the 2003 construction of One Campus Martius.


Book Building and Tower and Monroe Blocks Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Michelle Matthews - Elected By Impact Area Residents 
  • Beverly Burns - Elected By Impact Area Residents 
  • Marie Butler - Appointed by Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez 
  • Alicia Adams - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayres
  • Gwen Howard - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones 
  • Alexandra Novak  Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Rogelio Landin  Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Eric Plummer  Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Jake Plaggemars - Appointed by Planning & Development

CBO Meetings

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: August 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: August 24, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: September 7, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: September 11, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: September 28, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #6: October 12, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM  at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor Auditorium

Please use Randolph Street entrance. Jefferson, Larned and Woodward entrances are closed afterhours.


Resources


Hudson Community Benefits Ordinance

 
hudsons rendering


Bedrock LLC is reaching out to the community to receive input on the redevelopment of the site of the former J.L. Hudson’s Department Store, a two-acre site in the heart of downtown Detroit bounded by Woodward Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, Grand River Avenue, and Farmer Street. The mixed-use project will include over one million gross square feet of space, including commercial office, retail, residential, public space, and parking. This transformational development is expected to be a destination for residents and visitors alike, creating thousands of jobs and providing a unique experience that can’t be found elsewhere in the region. 


Hudson's Site Neighborhood Advisory Council

  • Taylor Browne - Elected By Impact Area Residents
  • Ronald Robinson - Elected By Impact Area Residents
  • Ray Smith -  Appointed by Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López
  • Eric Henry - Appointed by At-Large Council Member Janeé Ayers 
  • Rogelio Landon - Appointed by Council President Brenda Jones
  • Will Butler -  Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Mark Horn - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Kristin Lusn - Appointed by Planning & Development
  • Kevin Caroll - Appointed by Planning & Development 

CBO Meetings

  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #1: Monday, September 18, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #2: Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #3: Monday, October 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #4: Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #5: Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.
  • Community Benefit Public Meeting #6: Monday, October 30, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave.

Please use Randolph Street entrance. Jefferson, Larned and Woodward entrances are closed afterhours.


Resources