City update: What’s happening in ‘The D’ today

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Weekly Update | April 2, 2018

What’s happening downtown?

• A payment in lieu of taxes for Develop Detroit, Inc. to re-develop University Meadows, a senior housing apartment (pictured left). Phase I will renovate the building, and Phase II will build new mixed-income apartments and small scale retail. None of the current seniors will be displaced during renovation, and they will continue to pay rents at or below 60% of area median income.

City Council approvals:

• $1 million for the Housing and Revitalization to complete 90 home lead abatement projects for families with pregnant women and small children.

• A United Community Housing Coalition initiative to help 15 families purchase foreclosed homes that did not sell in the Wayne County Auction.

• A payment in lieu of taxes for Develop Detroit to re-develop University Meadows, a senior housing apartment. Phase I will renovate the building, and Phase II will build new mixed-income apartments and small scale retail. None of the current seniors will be displaced during renovation, and they will continue to pay rents at or below 60% of area median income.

• City Council introduced a proposed ordinance to restrict the sale of air guns to minors and determine where they can be discharged. Stay tuned for an announcement on the public hearing!

What’s happening in the districts?

Meetings and Info Sessions

• Council Member Office Talks: Council Member Castañeda-López will host open office hours on April 9 from 5-5:45pm at the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, 1927 Rosa Parks, Suite 110A. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of every month, 5 – 6.30pm.

• Livable Communities Conversation for Seniors, hosted by Council President Jones and AARP Michigan. Wednesday, April 11, Delray Community Center 420 Leigh | 2pm – 4pm. Call 313-224-1253 to RSVP.

• Family Assistance for Renaissance Men invites fathers to apply for a 10 week program offering parenting support, job placement, help with child support arrears and more. Call 313-717-2882 for more information. http://www.farm-mi.org

Spring Community Clean Ups

• Join the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy at their Dequindre Cut clean up day on Saturday, April 14, 12-4pm (pictured right).

• Belle Isle Park spring clean up on Saturday, April 21, 8am-1pm.

Entertainment

• Monthly Euchre Tournaments Detroit Up North & Brew Detroit present Euchre 313, a monthly gathering of Michiganders every Thursday. Next Event: Thursday, April 5, 7 -10pm, Brew Detroit, 1401 Abbott St.

• Men Don’t Cry Award winning movie set two decades after the Civil War in the former Yugoslavia, about Slovenian psychiatrist Ivan who wants to help the men—Bosnians, Croats and Serbs—push past the trauma of the atrocities they experienced and, in some cases, perpetrated. Thursday, April 19, 7.30-10.30pm. Olomon Cafe 10215 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck.

Jobs and Business

• Youthbuild is a paid 26-week training program for young adults (18-24) interested in building trades, and it offers a stipend. Recruitment is ongoing for the program that starts April 2. Call 313-297-0091 for more info. Find out more HERE.

Social Services

• Wayne Metro Community Action Agency offers free tax services for households with incomes below $54,000. Call 734-284-6999 to schedule an appointment. Find out more HERE.

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