DCDC helps to bring business activity and excitement to Livernois Avenue of Fashion
UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is at the center of some exciting activity at the Livernois Avenue of Fashion, which is near the McNichols Campus. Business leaders and community stakeholders in Detroit’s Livernois Avenue community joined together to celebrate local businesses and culture on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion with a new Pop-Up community space.
Through its Impact Detroit initiative, and in partnership with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Revolve Detroit and Challenge Detroit, DCDC (which is part of the UDM School of Architecture) is spearheading the Livernois Community Storefront project on the Avenue of Fashion.
Business leaders as well as community stakeholders in Detroit’s Livernois Avenue community now have a place to call home to further develop growth and success in the area.
The Livernois Community Storefront is a temporary community space that occupies a vacant storefront at 19410 Livernois Avenue. The location serves as a welcome center for the Avenue of Fashion, Livernois Avenue’s business district, and will hold community events.
“There are gems all over the City of Detroit,” said Dan Pitera, executive director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center. “Livernois Avenue with its surrounding communities is one of them,” he added. “The Livernois Community Storefront represents a community-driven action and is not the end goal. It will connect and bring awareness to many of the assets within this Detroit gem.”
“Light Up Livernois” was the kickoff event for the community storefront with a festive weekend that ran from May 31 through June 1. The Art + Retail Event, held at the Livernois Community Storefront on July 25, showcased proposals for new art and businesses along Livernois in a gallery type setting. The goal of the gallery was to provide a venue for community feedback on the future of Livernois. Over 90 artists and entrepreneurs from Detroit and across the world submitted ideas to transform the neighborhood. The project was led by the REVOLVE Detroit Program, University Commons Organization, DCDC and several local business owners and supported by a grant from ArtPlace America Foundation and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
A second Light Up Livernois event on Sept. 20 featured art fairs—including the design proposals for Livernois Avenue developed by community members and others—food and drink, theatre performances, business open houses, film and more, stretching up Livernois Avenue from McNichols Campus to Eight Mile Road, and also included events at UDM’s School of Architecture.