The Neighborhood Transformation Plan is based upon the needs and priorities identified by the community and the results of the area market analysis. The City of Detroit is worked closely with Wayne State University’s Office of Urban Studies and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to gather community and stakeholder input to guide the Neighborhood Planning Process. The Neighborhood Plan was also informed by previous planning efforts completed in the Brush Park and Eastern Market communities.

The focus of the plan is on knitting the neighborhood together – with safe walkable streets and vibrant public spaces, creating connections that link residents with economic opportunities and human services distributed throughout the community.

In addition, the neighborhood plan identifies five critical projects (critical community improvements) that are designed to immediately address existing gaps in connectivity between housing and access to jobs, education, recreation, fresh food, and safety, in combination with a long term vision for a sustainable neighborhood. 

The Plan identifies the following critical community improvements:

1. Develop the Detroit Regional Food Accelerator Program

The Detroit Regional Food Accelerator is a modern food processing and production space that features 21st-century clean manufacturing and opportunities for retail sales for food production and beverage processing tenants, or restaurants for tenants that have a market-to-table relationship with food production within Eastern Market.

2.  Construct Douglass Park, a Centrally Located 1-acre Park

The new Douglass Park will anchor a series of open space corridors, the existing Brewster Homes, and the adjacent Link Detroit greenway connector between Eastern Market and Midtown. As open space relief, this park will support passive recreational neighborhood activities and other multiuse areas

3.  Improve Neighborhood Connections through I-75 pedestrian Crossings & Reconnection of Brewster Homes

Reducing neighborhood physical boundaries that negatively impact the neighborhood is critical to the success of the Transformation Plan. There are two primary interventions proposed. First, the plan focuses on improving the I-75 bridge crossings, and second, creating new Brewster Homes reconnections.

4. Develop a Security Infrastructure Program

Cameras will be installed in the new park, along the freeway overpass connections, along the pedestrian paths, and outside new residential and commercial development.

5. Rocket Fiber High-Speed Internet

New fiber will be installed and free wireless will be available to Brewster Homes residents, as well as in Douglass Park.  Infrastructure will also be expanded to provide Rocket Fiber to Eastern Market.

Neighborhood Safety Plan

Existing conditions in the neighborhood, including low-density housing development and I-75, create significant barriers between residential areas and the Eastern Market neighborhoods. A survey of residents found that a majority do not feel safe enough to travel on foot between nodes of residential and commercial development.   Planned activities to improve safety and reduce blight in Douglass-Market include the following: 

  1. Hire a community coordinator responsible for community safety activities.
  2. Adopt Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) measures.
  3. Install a Security Network. Install a 24-hour monitored security system to monitor the most notable high crime areas, open space and recreation areas, and new residential and commercial investments.
  4. Implement Project Green Light. A proven City effort to install high-powered security cameras monitored by Detroit Police Department in troubled areas.