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Groundbreaking occurs for Livernois Streetscape

Livernois Streetscape Groundbreaking

Pictured above (left to right): On Sept. 17, Vince Ranger, grant coordinator, Michigan Department of Transportation; Wendy Jackson, deputy director, Kresge Foundation; Harvey Hollins III, director, Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, state of Michigan; UDM President Antoine Garibaldi; Isaiah McKinnon, Detroit deputy mayor; Tim McAllister, project contractor, W.H. Canon, Co. and Malik Goodwin, vice president of project management, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, broke ground on Phase I of the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project on Livernois Avenue by UDM’s McNichols Campus. See more photos here.

Neighborhood Revitalization

The University is participating in the Livernois Redevelopment Project, which began as part of the Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use Fellowship Program. The Livernois Project is coordinated by the city of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to encourage development along the Livernois corridor between the Lodge Freeway and Eight Mile Road. In 2013, Detroit Collaborative Design Center staff and students designed a pop-up retail space on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion to generate new retail in the area.

UDM Partners with GM and Students to Improve Detroit

The second GM Student Corps concluded its summer community initiatives on Aug. 19 with a day focused on college life at UDM's McNichols Campus. One hundred-six paid high school interns representing 12 schools, including the seven schools GM supports through the United Way Network of Excellence and Flint Southwestern Academy spent the summer cleaning parks and schools, clearing bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, painting weather-beaten equipment and tackling other improvement projects they selected, planned and budgeted. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Sixty retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.

Library Preserves Community Documents

The Palmer Woods Association papers, historical records, photographs, board minutes and memorabilia of the homes and residents were donated to the University archives. In helping to preserve the history of Detroit communities, this is the second neighborhood collection housed in the archives, the first being the Fitzgerald neighborhood paper.

UDM Hosts Safety Street for Children

Safety Street event

Each October, University of Detroit Mercy students host "Safety Street," a fun and safe "trick or treating" environment for neighborhood school children and their families. The free event is held on the Friday before Halloween in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Approximately 400 neighborhood children from grades K-5 attend the free event, dressed in their favorite costumes. UDM students, also in Halloween attire, distribute candy, offer free face painting and hold a best costume contest for the children during the event.