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.