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Quiet. Quaint. Quirky.

Located three miles east of downtown, along the Detroit River, the Villages of Detroit are a unique collection of waterfront communities each with authentic personality and charm. This includes historic neighborhoods, high-rise condos, edgy lofts and apartments, and affordable rental properties and new construction homes.

It’s no surprise that with this diverse housing comes diverse people. Artists, students, doctors and lawyers all call the Villages home. And they work together to make it a great place to live. From monthly cocktail parties and progressive dinners to neighborhood clean-ups and community gardens, people here are close-knit and involved, ready to make a difference in their neighborhood, the city and the world.




Detroit’s Villages community announces Housing Rehab Project as part of the reinvestment in this unique historic, riverside district.

 DETROIT, Mich., March 6, 2014

The six neighborhoods which make up the Villages of Detroit* are home to a diverse group of people and unique and affordable housing, from historic homes and townhouses to apartments and high rise dwellings all mixed in with the revival and appreciation of Detroit’s riverfront. With its proximity to Belle Isle Park, Detroit’s business, educational and cultural centers, the Villages are attracting new residents from around the country who are joining the long-term residents of the six neighborhoods.

Now the Villages are introducing family housing rehabilitation on Van Dyke and Seyburn Streets along with the continued investment in a revived business district on Agnes Street, both projects in the heart of the Villages.

“We are so excited to embark on our Housing Rehabilitation Project here in West Village. The Villages continue to grow as a unique, vital riverside part of Detroit’s comeback and are definitely on the map with the reconstruction now underway,” remarked Brian Hurttienne, Executive Director of the Villages Community Development Corporation.

Community partnerships make it happen

“We know this effort, with the technical help of both the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department and the Detroit Land Bank Authority, will create an even more stable neighborhood, with more people wanting to move here, fix up homes, and start small businesses”, added Hurttienne.

The DLBA has been contracted to perform project management and construction oversight, with the Villages’ staff.  The DLBA was established in 2008 to stimulate neighborhood stabilization and economic growth.  It works collaboratively with community stakeholders to place distressed properties back on the tax rolls, achieving results that strengthen people and their environments.

Also participating in this project are:

  • Islandview’s Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation with a history of community development and property management in the Villages
  • DwellingsUnlimited, a local realtor and broker with experience in the Villages.
  • Christian & Associates, the architect providing Energy Star compliance techniques to the historic homes.
  • Oak Hills Construction, the general contractor who have already renovated over 100 single- family homes in the City of Detroit.

The Houses:  Starting construction next week, our five houses, consisting of 3 single-family houses on Seyburn Street and two duplex houses on Van Dyke, are the start of the re-growth of this area. The single-family houses will be offered for sale, and the duplex homes will be Villages CDC rental properties, both available to low and moderate-income families.  Look for an announcement in the coming months on how to inquire about living in the Villages!

The Jobs:  Neighborhood employment is a key part of this project, so we are creating jobs with this effort.  Working with a federal program, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (or NSP3) Section 3, we will first offer jobs to qualified area residents.  To all neighboring laborers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other construction trades personnel, please contact the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, A Michigan Works! Agency at (313) 962-9675 x150, or e-mail Jerry Lawrence at

Check out this article on Curbed Detroit for additional info and dwelling to be re-nabbed:

NOW Open  Detroit Vegan Soul

8029 Agnes, between Van Dyke and Parker

The Villages of Detroit welcomes this outstanding take on vegan cuisine. Great food and great folks!

DVS  owners, and Villagers neighbors Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery welcome all to stop by and enjoy their innovate take on vegan cuisine. Check out their website:

 NOW Open!   CRAFT WORK  8047 Agnes, Detroit   Call: (313)469-0976

Our neighborhood’s newest restaurant and bar has opened this winter to rave reviews and great support from your neighbors as well as folks from all over metro Detroit. Coming up will be a Sunday brunch to be announced soon.

Check them out on their Face Book page:

Detroit News Review here:


Parker St. Market is opening this Thursday, April 3!

Parker St. Market / Organic Market

This Thursday April 3, Parker St. Market will have all vendors on site to talk about their organic products and our city council woman will be there at 4p.

Lets support our new neighbors!

Location: on Parker at the corner of Kercheval

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm

 Nothing to do? Not in The Villages of Detroit! Lots of home brew and major nearby events and activities to enjoy.  Updated list for Spring and beyond right here.


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GREEN Task Force – Vision of Greenways for Detroit’s Lower East Side

The GREEN Task Force, a coalition of Detroit-based non-profit groups, presents to you a vision and a realistic plan for creating a network of greenways on Detroit’s greater riverfront east. Just as greenways serve many functions – from recreational venues to economic linkages between neighborhoods – this report also aims at many goals. This plan serves as a catalyst for:

  • Economic development
  • A tool for bringing communities together
  • A way of defining a new future for Detroit’s greater riverfront east

Based on more than a year of fact-finding and visioning, this outline for future greenways emerged from a well-founded process that listened to multiple stakeholders across a broad spectrum of Detroit; that is rooted in a systematic analysis of data, particularly the unique characteristics of the area; that has been benchmarked to successful national precedents for walkable urban communities; and that was developed with the assistance of a respected national design firm based in southeast Michigan.

We believe this report paints a picture of greenways that will belong not to the privileged few but to everyone in this great diverse city. To that end, our effort has provided not only a framework for understanding and moving forward with physical improvements, but a vision of hope. This hope lies in a framework to support sustainable neighborhoods: urban places that bring people together, that encourage healthy lifestyles, that are catalysts for community and economic development, and that foster environmental stewardship.

This is our vision. This is our hope. This is our act of faith in us and our city.

For more information and a complete download of this important report check out our Greenways page:




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