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Jefferson/Chalmers Community Safety Awareness Fair this Saturday

posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:21 AM by LEAPDetroit

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. adults and youths of the Jefferson/Chalmers Community.  

The Jefferson Chalmers Citizens Radio patrol has invited Law Enforcement Agencies and other Constituents that serve the community to provide this information. 

If you are looking to get more involved in a Neighborhood Block club this is the event for you! See the attached flyer for more information.

Chrysler/Chandler Park Promise Coalition Clean Up

posted Mar 11, 2014, 9:43 AM by LEAPDetroit

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 up our sleeves and clean up all the muck and mire that winter has so graciously bestowed upon us. 

The Chandler Park Promise Coalition in partnership with Chrysler would like to invite ALL Eastsiders to join us as we clean up Chandler Park on May 2, 2014.  This is an excellent opportunity to get you hands dirty and contribute making a safe, healthy and clean space for you in your family.  If you are interesting in signing up contact See the attached document for more information. 

Your Input on Blight is Needed

posted Feb 12, 2014, 10:11 AM by LEAPDetroit

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 campaign, we are consistently encouraged to seek out feedback from the community.  We strive to educate ourselves on how to design a targeted strategy and campaign that tackles "real world" conditions and priorities. We urge you to complete the attached survey, which is meant to uplift the community's concerns as they relate to blight removal and elimination.  Completed surveys can be dropped off at the Warren Conner Development Coalition offices at 4401 Conner Detroit, MI 48215 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you can email them to us Should you have any questions about how your responses will be used feel free to give Tracy a call at 313-571-2800 ext. 3202. Responses will remain completely ANONYMOUS. 

Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting: 7/16 at 6pm

posted Jul 10, 2013, 8:25 AM by LEAPDetroit

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 panel of experts regarding the assembly, use, management, and sale of vacant land in your neighborhoods. Discuss how to reform the "land system" in Detroit. Talk with Hantz Woodlands to learn the status and next steps of that project.

Tuesday, July 16th
6 - 8pm
Warren/Conner Development Coalition
4401 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215

For more information or to RSVP, call us at (313) 331-3427 or email us at

Jane's Walk: The Roots of Mack Avenue 5/4 at 9am

posted Apr 23, 2013, 1:08 PM by LEAPDetroit

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 future - notably the Mack Avenue Green Thoroughfare. To RSVP, please contact Darnell Adams at (313) 571-2800 ext. 3202 or

See attached flyer for complete details.

Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting: Tuesday, April 16th at 6pm

posted Apr 10, 2013, 9:26 AM by LEAPDetroit

Please join us for our next Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) Meeting: 

Tuesday, April 16th 
Northeast Guidance Center 
2900 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215

The meeting will focus on developing action plans for LEAP's policy priorities identified by SAG in January.

Save the Date for future SAG Meetings:
Tuesday, July 16th, 6pm
Tuesday, October 15th, 6pm

More information is available here.

Green Your Neighborhood Community Forum & Workshops

posted Mar 8, 2013, 6:23 AM by LEAPDetroit

Learn how to save water in your home, disconnect downspouts, make rain barrels, capture rainwater for your garden, landscape with rain gardens, plant trees, and make non-toxic cleaners:

Saturday, March 23rd
10am - 1pm
Wayne County Community College Eastern District
5901 Conner, Detroit, MI 48213

See attached flyer for complete details.

Hantz Woodlands Project Briefing

posted Feb 27, 2013, 10:21 AM by LEAPDetroit

Project Briefing To Discuss Hantz Woodlands
Hosted by District 2 State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

Monday, March 4th
6pm - 8pm
St. Maron Hall
11466 Kercheval, Detroit, MI 48214

Please RSVP at or toll free at (855) 737-2882.

Representatives from Hantz Woodlands, City Planning & Development Department, the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) and the City Planning Commission will be in attendance to answer your questions regarding project implementation.

Please note that March 4 is the deadline to apply for the adjacent lot program with the City Planning & Development Department. Notification letters have recently been sent to qualifying home owners. Please contact the City Planning & Development Department at (313) 224-6380.

LEAP Day at the Detroit Works Project Homebase: 2/26 at 6pm

posted Feb 22, 2013, 7:55 AM by LEAPDetroit

Learn more about the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan in a special presentation and Q&A session for LEAP:

Tuesday, February 26th
6pm - 8pm
2929 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207
(Eastern Market across from Shed 5)

View the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan online here.

Stakeholder Advisory Group Update

posted Jan 29, 2013, 9:23 AM by LEAPDetroit

Thank you to everyone who attended the last LEAP Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting on January 15, 2013.

The meeting focused on setting priorities for LEAP's policy recommendations and implementation projects. Below are the top 3 priorities in each category as voted on by SAG:

Policy Recommendations:
  1. Land Acquisition Reform - Available land should first be offered to adjacent property owners then to community groups or land banks before widespread sale to speculators and private interests that have not demonstrated a commitment to the communities where land is purchased.
  2. Nuisance Abatement Program - Hold negligent property owners responsible for the blight they create in neighborhoods when they do not maintain or develop their property through harsher penalties, like class action lawsuits, or property forfeiture after prolonged neglect.
  3. Neighborhood Benefits District - Enact an ordinance that would allow communities to establish a special assessment district to provide crime prevention, mosquito abatement, and snow removal services through an annual household assessment.
Implementation Projects: 
  1. Jefferson- Chalmers Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative - Stabilize an active residential neighborhood through home repair, vacant housing rehabilitation, and marketing to welcome new residents.

  2. Geothermal Energy - Reduce dependence on traditional forms of energy through expanded use of geothermal energy.

  3. Villages Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative - Stabilize an active residential neighborhood through home repair, vacant housing rehabilitation, and marketing to welcome new residents. 

Materials from the meeting are attached. 

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