Major revitalization efforts are coming to the area around East Warren Avenue, according to the city. After a year and a half of community engagement, the city's Planning & Development Department is unveiling its vision to improve streetscapes, businesses, parks, and residential areas.
As part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, at least $7.5 million will go toward four specific areas:
- Parks and greenways, including signage and trail improvements in Balduck Park.
- Stabilizing housing in Morningside and Cornerstone Village through investments in home rehabs and demolition.
- Streetscape improvements along East Warren from 3 Mile to Cadieux. These include sidewalk repair and lighting, and filling vacant storefronts and assisting current businesses.
- Affordable residential housing with new multifamily construction and rehabs of existing mixed-use buildings.
See below for before and after renderings of the streetscape and residential plans.
Similar neighborhood projects have happened in West Village, Livernois/McNichols, and Southwest Detroit. Another plan is expected to be presented to the Warrendale/Cody Rouge neighborhood on May 7.
“The East Warren/Cadieux corridor is an integral part of the revitalization of Detroit,” said Councilmember Andre Spivey, who represents District 4, which includes the neighborhood. “The history of this area has a connecting line to its present activities, filled with strong neighborhoods, new businesses and improved infrastructure. The completion and implementation of the East Warren/Cadieux plan will make this area another destination for visitors and home for new residents.”
The Strategic Neighborhood Fund has grown through corporate and non-profit support. The major corporate sponsor for this neighborhood is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, who will open up a primary care center in the neighborhood with ChenMed.