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Project At-a-Glance

LEAP Project Goals:
    • Generate a plan that addresses the vacant land crisis on the lower eastside of Detroit
    • Create strategies that adapts vacant land for more efficient uses
    •  Issue recommendations for best uses of vacant land based on the needs and assets of the surrounding community
    • Affect policy changes to support vacant land adaptation

    What We've Accomplished:
    • Collaborated with 10 local community development organizations to develop and oversee this grassroots planning process
    • Secured project funding from The Erb Family Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
    • Piloted the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Framework, an innovative planning tool developed by the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD)
    • Trained residents from target area to collect commercial corridor parcel data and over 4000 neighborhood perception and feedback surveys in Phase I and over 1300 in Phase II
    • Convened eight (8) professional agencies to provide technical assistance and to share and analyze data & information needed to help propose reuse strategies
    • Collaborated with the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy to provide conceptual land-use plans, suitability analyses and policy research & analysis
    • Coordinated widespread community outreach to offer residents, business owners and other community stakeholders an opportunity to share their input regarding decisions affecting their community
    • Engaged and informed over 300 community members in a Stakeholder Advisory Group in efforts to examine how best to reuse vacant land and property and to create realistic, data-based and future-focused strategies based on current conditions using the CDAD Strategic Framework
    • Identified six (6) short-term development projects that are aligned with and supported by the resident-driven land use strategies recommended for the Phase I target area
    • Worked collaboratively with members of CDAD, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives and public policy officials to highlight existing and new policy areas to support land use recommendations both LEAP-specific and citywide
    • Worked with the City of Detroit and other public officials to advocate for LEAP’s implementation and its inclusion in the City’s short- and long-term plans
    • Secured a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help develop valuation tools for green infrastructure
    • Completed a set of land use recommendations for the entire LEAP district (Phase I & II)

    What's Next:

    • Ongoing Community Engagement and Education
    • Vacant Land & Property Reuse Recommendations and Plan Development for Phase I & II
    • Research, recruit and vet new economic development opportunities that align with LEAP land use plan
    • Continued effort to collaborate with residents and community groups in working toward plan implementation
    • Advocacy for integration into global citywide planning and redevelopment initiatives


    LEAP Project Target Area

    North: E. Warren (Phase I); I-94 (Phase II)                  

    East: Alter          

    South: Detroit River (Phase I); E. Warren (Phase II)               

    West: Mt. Elliott



    Rolling Updates

    • Jefferson/Chalmers Community Safety Awareness Fair this Saturday The Jefferson Chalmers Citizens Radio Patrol invites you to their Community Safety Awarness Fair to receive information on Crime Prevention, Safety Tips and any other issues/concerns of our seniors ...
      Posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:21 AM by LEAPDetroit .
    • Chrysler/Chandler Park Promise Coalition Clean Up We know that snow is STILL in the forecast but we promise you that Spring is just around the corner. When the snow melts it will be time to roll ...
      Posted Mar 11, 2014, 9:43 AM by LEAPDetroit .
    • Your Input on Blight is Needed Addressing the concerns of blight on the Lower East side is a specific focus of LEAP. In order to inform and guide the process of developing a successful Blight Elimination ...
      Posted Feb 12, 2014, 10:11 AM by LEAPDetroit .
    • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting: 7/16 at 6pm Join us for an update on the Lower Eastside Action Plan and how you can become involved. Network with leaders from other neighborhoods on the Lower Eastside. Learn from a ...
      Posted Jul 10, 2013, 8:25 AM by LEAPDetroit .
    • Jane's Walk: The Roots of Mack Avenue 5/4 at 9am On Saturday, May 4th at 9am, join us at Warren/Conner Development Coalition (4401 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215) for a walk along Mack Avenue to discuss the past, present, and ...
      Posted Apr 23, 2013, 1:08 PM by LEAPDetroit .
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