Development Projects

Current 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. We are working to put this plan into action beginning in 2017. The park encompasses two full city blocks between Bethune and Smith, and Brush and Beaubien Streets. It is just two blocks east of Woodward.

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 first phase of the development will begin in summer of 2017.



Community Planning

Grand + Woodward Building Sustainable Communities

VCD is the Convening Agency for the Detroit LISC Building Sustainable Communities Grand+Woodward area. We led a community planning process to develop a Quality of Life Plan (QoA), which identifies the community’s highest priorities. Vanguard continues in our role as Convening Agency by organizing community stakeholders and organizations to execute the QoA Plan.

VCD continually works to organize our community. Our core values include economic equity and racial justice. We believe that this is accomplished only through making certain that diverse voices are at the table when decisions are made and opportunities arise.

Books on the Block

On September 10th 2016 we kick off our "Books on the Block" project. We have created 10 Little Free Libraries to be installed soon. They will help promote literacy and reading within the North End. Little Free Libraries make books available free of charge within neighborhoods by asking readers to leave a book whenever they take a book. Books on the Block is a part of a larger initiative being conducted by Detroit Little Libraries. Detroit Little Libraries is taking part in the national Little Free Library movement with a goal of planting 313 libraries in Detroit metropolitan areas with low access to books.

More information about Detroit Little Libraries can be found here: