The overhaul of Detroit’s riverfront is getting a $100 million infusion for a new 22-acre park, and a network of trails to connect the Ambassador Bridge with Belle Isle.
The massive plans to beautify what was once an eyesore were made possible by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, named for the late businessman who grew up in Detroit and had a permanent home in Grosse Pointe Shores. Wilson is best known for being the founding owner of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise.
Next month, you can legally explore the Michigan Central Station.
You’ll be able to live out the urbex fantasy of your dreams with a Halloween twist when Ford Motor Company hosts a haunted house at the vacant station, purchased by the automaker earlier this year.
Shawn Wilson, community engagement manager for Ford, made the announcement during a Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting Monday night, where the company formally committed to $10 million in neighborhood investments.
Per resident requests, Ford Motor Company will invest $10 million into various housing and development funds supporting Corktown and Southwest Detroit, executives announced at a Monday meeting.
The initial $10 million investment will leverage a future $12.5 million in public and private funding to support neighborhood initiatives. A breakdown of the $10 million Ford investment is as follows:
Residents in and around Corktown and Hubbard Farms have a litany of requests, from anti-gentrification measures to bird conservation, for Ford Motor Company as the automaker plans to add employees to Michigan Central Station in the coming years.
The Big Sean-produced, J.K. Simmons-narrated “Detroit Comeback City” doc arrives on the heels of the announcement of Ford Motor Company acquiring the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Ford chairman Bill Ford, of course, makes a well-timed appearance in the doc, but several local residents and natives also offer their commentary on the city’s rise, fall, and rise again.
Detroit has always been known as the world’s coney island capital, but in recent years the Motor City has been recognized everywhere for our booming restaurant and food industry. With new eateries popping up everywhere, a group of restaurateurs is making sure women of color are included in Detroit’s food narrative.
Five years ago, Gwen Jimmere was staring unemployment and single motherhood in the face. She had been laid off from her corporate job and was taking steps to finalize her divorce. With a two-year-old son to care for, Jimmere took this as a sign to take her hobby of making natural hair products and turn it into a full time job.
I imagine everyone is excited about Ford Motor Company potentially extending its reach into a trendy urban neighborhood except the founder himself.
The second-biggest real estate news story in Detroit (only second to that interesting-looking house in Grixdale Farms) at the moment concerns a potential development at the long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Corktown. The aforementioned Dearborn automaker is said to be interested in – depending on who you read – purchasing the entire property or perhaps leasing a portion of it.
Residents of Corktown are encouraged to attend the Corktown Housewarming, Taste of Corktown & Community Meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the IBEW Local 58, 1358 Abbott St.
Corktown Neighborhood President Debra Walker says that the community meeting is a chance for residents to come and meet with police, discuss upkeep of historic homes, and try neighborhood food.