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Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) – Livernois Streetscape Breaks Ground for Phase I

September 17, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off Phase I of the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project on Wednesday, September 17 across from University of Detroit Mercy's (UDM) McNichols Campus.  The project will include pedestrian-oriented media improvements, sidewalk enhancements and new landscaping on Livernois Avenue from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile Road.  Phase I has begun and is scheduled to be completed in November.


Attending the groundbreaking was:

  • Harvey Hollins III, director, Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, state of Michigan and Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Isaiah McKinnon, deputy mayor, city of Detroit
  • Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., president, UDM
  • Malik Goodwin, vice president, project management, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Don Studvent, owner/chef, 1917 American Bistro
  • Representatives from Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

The $1.3 million project was funded by MDOT, city of Detroit, DEGC, Kresge Foundation and UDM.  WH Canon Company, a landscape construction firm, is the project contractor for Phase I.

Isaiah McKinnon, deputy mayor, said: "Just like many of the neighborhoods it connects, this stretch of Livernois is being revitalized, thanks to the great partnership between our community organizations, major institutions, non profits, local businesses and the city.  When it is completed, this streetscape project will return Livernois to the kind of walkable shopping district that supports nearby neighborhoods and draws visitors from across Detroit and surrounding communities."

“Livernois Avenue is the ‘gateway’ to UDM’s McNichols campus and a major thoroughfare for many northwest Detroit residents and businesses," said Dr. Garibaldi. "Enhancing the Livernois streetscape and landscape from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile will make a strong impression on potential residents and business owners, as well as prospective UDM students and their families.”

Malik Goodwin, DEGC, added: “The Streetscape Enhancement Project is yet one more indication of the vitality of historic Livernois Avenue.  It’s one of many ongoing initiatives to revitalize this premier shopping and cultural destination.”

See and hear the event

Audio from the event combined with photos is on the UDM YouTube channel

About DEGC

DEGC is a non-profit organization that serves as the lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development initiatives in the city of Detroit. DEGC is led by a 60-member board comprised of business, civic, labor and community leaders. Its 40 professionals provide staff services for key public authorities that offer tax credits and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs or economic activity to the city. Among them: the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA), Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA). DEGC also provides planning, project management and other services under contract to the City of Detroit. 

Livernois Streetscape Rendering

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