Housing Development Projects:
North End Landing
North End Landing is a multi-family, mixed income, rental project. We began project pre-development in 2016. We have engaged our project architect, construction company, environmental consultant, and management company. North End Landing is projected to be 115 units of one (1) and two (2) bedroom units, within a variety of building types including apartments, townhouses, duplexes, and tri/quadplexes. It will include 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the John R Road frontage. Vanguard is working with the full support and help of the city of Detroit. North End Landing is going to provide a twenty-six (26) million dollar investment in the North End community. Pre-development work has already begun; we will begin construction in 2018.
Economic Redevelopment Projects:
North End Career Center
Vanguard Community Development (VCD) has redeveloped an abandoned 7,00 square foot, adding 3,000 square feet of space totaling to 10,000 square feet of reclaimed commercial estate. The building, the new North End Career Center, is located next to our Vanguard Community Center and office at 2777 East Grand Boulevard. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit will be our permanent lessee and will house their renowned “Flip The Script” program there. This project was fully funded at $2M and construction completed in September, 2016.
Green Space Development Projects:
Delores Bennett Park Enhancement
Vanguard was awarded an Innovative Project grant from the Kresge Foundation to create a plan for the enhancement of Delores Bennett Park.
The Delores Bennett Park sits at the heart of the southern section of the greater North End. It is a community jewel. The park is beloved and well used. Given this, and the fact that Mrs. Bennett passed away recently, we believe it is the right time to implement our proposed park project. Thus, Vanguard is seeking funding to completely rehabilitate the park. We have submitted significant proposals to The Kresge Foundation; the city of Detroit; NeighborWorks; and KaBoom! We have tentative approval of our proposal from the city, pending resolution of legal conditions. We anticipate that our Bennett Park project will begin this summer.
To complement the park renovation, Vanguard actively advocated and sought to place a Detroit Bike Share station at Delores Bennett Park. Detroit Bike Share is a growing community network of on-demand bicycles and self-serve stations. The network is designed to complement neighborhoods’ existing transportation infrastructure, giving people more access to affordable choices in the types of transit that can best get them where they want to go. The first phase of Detroit Bike Share will consist of 420 Bikes and 42 stations located throughout greater Downtown Detroit.
We are pleased to announce that one of those stations will be at Delores Bennett Park, placed on E Bethune Ave, just east of Brush St. The bike share station was constructed in April 2017 and operational in May 2017. Vanguard is collaborating with the Detroit Bike Share team, as well as with our landscape architects, to make sure that the park renovation and bike station site are complimentary and successful.
North End Greenway
Vanguard received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which supported a community engagement planning process to create a North End Greenway plan. The Greenway will go through the North End on Grand Boulevard, Beaubien Street, Oakland Avenue, and Arden Park Boulevard. The creation of a North End Greenway will be a pedestrian and bike-friendly route to connect neighborhood open spaces, uplift community assets, and re/create a sense of place highlighting historic locations, community art installations, and neighborhood businesses. This project was identified as one of the community priorities within the Building Sustainable Communities Initiative. Vanguard is concluding the Phase II of our planning process, which will produce a report that will include decisions pertaining to the proposed location and route of the proposed promenade, parameters for art and place-making installations, green infrastructure recommendations, and details for treatments that emphasize beautification and environmentally sustainable stewardship.