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Near-Term Neighborhood Transformation Strategies

The following five projects are in an ongoing community engagement process identified in the Rosa Parks/ Clairmount Neighborhood and Revitalization Framework. We encourage residents near these locations to participate in the design development stage of these projects. Stay tuned for updates!


12th Street/ Rosa Parks Boulevard (North of Grand Boulevard)

This streetscape improvement project will extend from Clairmount toGrand Boulevard. These improvements include branding "12th Street" signs and landscape designs in the medians, protected bike lanes, and safe crosswalks, which lends to a connected, walkable neighborhood. Join us in the design development of 12th Street where we plan to strengthen this neighborhood's legacy:


12th Street

Rosa Parks Boulevard Two-Way Conversion (South of Grand Boulevard to Michigan Ave.)

The two-way street conversion of Rosa Parks Boulevard begins with an intersection improvement at Grand Boulevard. The extent of the two-way conversion runs to Michigan Ave where the City plans to allow bus routes to also be rerouted for two-way routes along this stretch. Along this route,protected bike lanes are being considered on both sides of the street to Michigan Avenue. However, a second option is being considered between MLK and Michigan Ave: instead of bikelanes, parking on the northbound side of the street would be retained instead. This street upgrade will provide neighborhood connection to the Detroit River.

  • Pre - 30% Design Review - August 2018
  • Post - 30% Design Review - Fall 2018 (TBD)
  • Construction - 2019

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Virginia Park Plaza Promenade

The City of Detroit also seeks your feedback on the design development of the Virginia Park Plaza Promenade located at Pingree Street and 12th Street. As an extension of the crosswalk designs identified in the 12th Street streetscape described above, this Promenade extends the Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center and the Plaza's "front door" to the street with an alee of planted trees and pedestrian walkway to provide a safe, shaded passage to the neighborhood’s core retail center. Join us in the design development of the Virginia Park Plaza Promenade.

  • Fall 2018 (TBD)

Virginia Park Plaza Promenade

Neighborhood Revitalization Framework

The City of Detroit has engaged a consultant team to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization and landscape stewardship planning strategy for Detroit’s Rosa Parks/Clairmount corridor. The scope of work will incorporate six, neighborhood, and landscape planningcategories: Neighborhood identification, streetscape and connectivity, open space, housing, development and the integration with the Herman Kiefer development.

In partnership with neighborhood residents and community organizations, the city has identified several focus areas within the project boundary for potential opportunities. Each area within the planning scope boundary has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities.

The planning strategy will highlight and target the following:

  • innovative and sustainable uses for vacant lots and structures
  • renovation and future development of homes and businesses
  • streetscape improvements such as lighting and signage
  • neighborhood identity and branding based on cultural and historic assets
  • safe passage for bicycle and pedestrian mobility
  • bridging and connectivity over the Lodge Freeway

The Planning and Development Department has a city office hours available. If you'd like to meet with planning staff concerning the Rosa Parks Clairmount Neighborhood Framework and Landscape StewardshipPlan, please send an email to rosaparks-clairmount@detroitmi.gov with the subject line: RPC Appointment.


Community Forums

Thank you Rosa Parks Clairmount Community for your attendance and participation over the past year. Check back here for more meetings and content. We look forward to seeing you at these meetings. Please share with your neighbors!


Past Meetings

March 9, 2017

  • Presentation Live 
  • Polling Results
  • Discussion topic: “How things are now”

April 5, 2017

  • Neighborhood Advisory Council
  • Herman Kiefer Development

May 11, 2017

  • Presentation (see Resources below)
  • Community Polling Results
  • Discussion topic: “Where do we start?”

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