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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:21 pm

During this year's freshmen orientation week scheduled for late August, the University plans to send out approximately forty teams of students to work on clean-up and landscape projects in the Fitzgerald subdivision. Each team will be comprised of about a dozen freshmen performing a day of community service on either August 23 or 24. Alumni Relations plans to recruit one alumni representative to be a part of each work team.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:44 pm

Nice WXYZ report today regarding the Fitzgerald redevelopment project:

http://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-looks- ... ome-rehabs
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:35 pm

Crains Detroit Business article on the Fitzgerald redevelopment plan rollout:

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20 ... led-by-the

It mentions that there is $5 million in development funds dedicated for the commercial corridors of Livernois and McNichols in Phase 2 of the project.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:49 am

Column on the Fitzgerald neighborhood development project in today's (April 12) Metro Times:

http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/stir- ... c.facebook
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:19 am

This links to a two-minute video on the Fitzgerald neighborhood redevelopment project; includes a couple references to Detroit Mercy:

https://mobile.twitter.com/CityofDetroi ... 5460612096
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:24 pm

Very nice article on Detroit Mercy's involvement in local community development:

http://www.thehubdetroit.com/breaking-b ... community/
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:37 pm

Heard today that the temporary office space for the Live6 neighborhood development organization will be in building adjacent to the bike shop on Livernois, directly across from campus. Should open in the next month or so. Staff include a couple individuals funded by a Kresge grant, a member of the City of Detroit's planning staff, and I believe someone from the Architecture school. The permanent office will be located on McNichols (next to Detroit Sip coffeehouse), and is projected to open in January.

There is some discussion of a couple restaurants being developed near campus, one on Livernois the other on McNichols. Apparently no specifics to report publicly at this time.

There will be a presentation by Live6 at next month's Homecoming, September 30. There will also be a pop up community market on Livernois across from campus on that day.

Next week, incoming freshmen will complete a work shift in the Fitzgerald subdivision as part of orientation activities. Most will be clearing out alleyways that need attention. Alumni volunteers will be embedded with student work teams. This is how the assignment was described to me:

"Most of the group will be clearing overgrown alleys in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood just west of McNichols Campus. When we asked residents what was the best work we could do, this is what they requested. Some groups will be clearing lots of trash and overgrown weeds. One group on Wednesday will be helping the Live6 Alliance to create a directory of businesses on Livernois between 7 Mile and 8 Mile. One group each day will help on gardens in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood and one group each day will help with creating activities for folks in the Senior Homes on Wyoming near Marygrove."
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:09 am

Crains Detroit Business article on $5 million Livernois development project, a mile north of campus, includes retail component as well as apartments targeted for Detroit Mercy students:

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20 ... of-fashion
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:42 pm

Article about the University's recent participation in the Fitzgerald neighborhood cleanup project:

http://www.udmercy.edu/about/news/artic ... leanup.php
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:29 am

Live6 neighborhood one of 15 Detroit business districts that would share in $125 million investment fund:

http://www.thehubdetroit.com/detroit-pl ... -spending/
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:53 pm

Vacant storefront in Live6 neighborhood to be redeveloped as community space:

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/9/26/16 ... ront-live6
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:15 am

An article about redevelopment activities in the Bagley neighborhood, situated just northwest of the Detroit Mercy campus:

http://www.bridgemi.com/detroit-journal ... ld-worries
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:19 pm

Work begins on Ella Fitzgerald Park and HomeBase Community Center in Live6 area:

http://detroitmi.gov/News/ArticleID/186 ... rk-and-on-“HomeBase”-Community-Center-in-Detroit’s-Livernois-McNichols-Area
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby TitanTarHeel » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:12 pm

Any new news on the privately built dorms and campus expansion to the south? It was announced it seems about 18 months ago but things appear stalled. I believe Peter Cummings was somehow via his real estate company. That sounded like a very positive development for campus overall.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby uofdmik2008 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:26 pm

TitanTarHeel wrote:Any new news on the privately built dorms and campus expansion to the south? It was announced it seems about 18 months ago but things appear stalled. I believe Peter Cummings was somehow via his real estate company. That sounded like a very positive development for campus overall.


The City has stalled that development for now.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby titanmike » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:42 am

That's awful, we badly need new dorms. Selfishly we need it for recruiting.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby uofdmik2008 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:55 pm

There is more to it, there were some conditions attached to the dorm approval by the City that the school could not go thru with at this time, but may in the future should things change. The school also is doing exhaustive work including potentially re-pricing the tuition and bringing cost down to have additional surplus in the budget. Several big projects planned including reworking the Student Union completely, into a more student friendly space with additional construction planned there. Some fun stuff to be announced in the coming couple years for the school in relation to the campus improvements, unfortunately new dorms are not part of it as of now.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby TitanTarHeel » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:25 pm

The area (District 2) just got a new council member in Tuesday's election. Not sure if they may or may not assist on this project and working for the best outcome for the area and city. A more vibrant and successful UDM seems like a real key to the district. I'd be curious what the city demands were that are scuttling this. I would've guessed that Cummings was seeking certain financial returns on the project that we couldn't make happen for him.

Not sure how much there is discussion on taking down the fences for campus, or how that may play into this. While I totally support UDM being much more connected with the local community - I do think its reasonable to have fences, to have security to have some sort of controlled and thoughtful way to monitor campus and the students well being. Private and public businesses do this everywhere -- look at the bollards (posts) that surround public buildings so that they can't get rammed by cars for example. Reasonable measure to ensure security. Anyhow, it's an interesting topic of how to best get UDM in the fabric of the community and I think the fence is merely symbolic than anything else.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby dtowntitan » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:42 pm

TitanTarHeel wrote:The area (District 2) just got a new council member in Tuesday's election. Not sure if they may or may not assist on this project and working for the best outcome for the area and city. A more vibrant and successful UDM seems like a real key to the district. I'd be curious what the city demands were that are scuttling this. I would've guessed that Cummings was seeking certain financial returns on the project that we couldn't make happen for him.

Not sure how much there is discussion on taking down the fences for campus, or how that may play into this. While I totally support UDM being much more connected with the local community - I do think its reasonable to have fences, to have security to have some sort of controlled and thoughtful way to monitor campus and the students well being. Private and public businesses do this everywhere -- look at the bollards (posts) that surround public buildings so that they can't get rammed by cars for example. Reasonable measure to ensure security. Anyhow, it's an interesting topic of how to best get UDM in the fabric of the community and I think the fence is merely symbolic than anything else.


Agree with your sentiments regarding the fence. It is definitely just symbolic as it can be entered through at many points, however, even when I was a student there over a decade ago we were not a fan of the fence. I think it is there to give parents a sense of safety for their children, but it also is kind of a black eye to the community I believe. I have heard that the fence was going to be modified to return back to the architecture building on Livernois, so that once could leave campus directly from the Architecture building. We shall see how that develops, but I hope in the near future it is removed altogether, or at least a less rigid threshold is created between the University and the Community.
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Re: Live6 neighborhood development thread

Postby uofdmik2008 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:02 pm

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