Eyesore to Opportunity

We have all seen it: a piece of property that is physically deteriorating in either in your neighborhood or on the way to work that you wish somebody would do something about. For some, the mere thought of redeveloping a property can be daunting, but recognizing the importance of keeping a neighborhood safe can lead to fabulous opportunity. Luckily, there are many simple tasks people can do to improve rundown properties. Mowing lawns, clearing debris and painting over graffiti are some ways neighbors can defray the impacts of an abandoned property.

The Grandmont and Rosedale neighborhoods, located in Northwest Detroit, are great examples of community members participating in this way. The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation is planning an event to publicly recognize everybody who has helped improve the neighborhood by hosting a community-wide “Vacant Property Volunteer Recognition Ceremony” in October. Please contact Becki Kenderes by September 28 at 313.387.4732, ext. 117, or by e-mail at bkenderes@grandmontrosedale.com if you know of someone who should be added to their list.

If you are dealing with vacant and abandoned properties, CEDAM recommends visiting The Michigan Vacant Property Campaign website. The Campaign is a collaboration between four organizations with expertise related to vacant property issues: the Center for Community Progress, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Community Resources. This campaign addresses vacant property through community-based initiatives, policy reform, systems development and capacity building in Michigan and its communities. People can join the campaign, partner with local groups and help strengthen and protect their communities.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Claire Glenn at glenn@cedamichigan.org or visit the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign website.