The former home of Dr. Ossian Sweet, a black Detroit doctor whose murder trial galvanized the fair housing movement in the United States, is the recipient of a federal grant that will preserve and restore elements of the home and expand a historic district within the East Village neighborhood.
A community meeting will be held Thursday night for residents in and around the Villages neighborhoods to discuss Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area.
The meeting is hosted by the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development department. Thursday’s meeting specifically hones in on streetscape improvement and retail attraction. Earlier this year, a new implementation plan was announced for the Islandview, West Village, East Village, Indian Village neighborhoods and nearby areas.
More than $5 million in investments will go toward an improved Butzel Playfield, a more attractive streetscape along Kercheval Avenue, additional affordable housing options, and more neighborhood rehabilitation in the Villages neighborhoods are coming in the near future, City of Detroit planning officials announced Thursday night.
A community meeting will be held in the Villages to discuss final recommendations from the City of Detroit’s Planning Department on Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area on Thursday night.
After a series of community meetings, the Planning Department will unveil its plans based on more than 1,500 comments and other feedback from residents.
“I guess I was destined to live in this house,” says Bob Cafagna, sitting in the living room, looking out into the backyard garden. “I feel honored. I feel really honored.”
The teal-colored home on Bewick Street in the East Village neighborhood is the first home a visitor sees when turning off Jefferson Avenue. Along Jefferson, East Village – it is directly to the east of Indian Village – is hidden by apartment buildings and commercial structures. Its northwestern border, Mack Avenue, is a mix of churches, party stores and vacant spaces.
Carla Tinsley-Smith and her husband, Richard “Todd” Smith, were walking around their East Village neighborhood when they happened to see the front door of the 1910 Tudor-style house on the 1300 block of Cadillac Boulevard open.
Or so it seemed to Tinsley-Smith, who recalls that her husband thought otherwise. Nevertheless, she was on a mission. Feeling adventurous, she decided “to make a trek up the stairs,” she says.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.