PRESS RELEASE: The Villages CDC Receives Kresge Grant to Revamp Van Dyke Corridor

January 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm by  

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DETROIT, Mich., January 27, 2010 The Villages Community Development Corporation (VCDC) announced today it has been awarded a $25,000 Kresge Foundation Detroit Program Community Building Grant to fund the implementation of targeted pedestrian improvements to the Van Dyke corridor within its borders on Detroit’s near eastside. The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program is a comprehensive community-development framework that seeks to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding area.
 
“The project is to enhance the sense of place along the Van Dyke connector in West Village to create a more inviting environment which attracts retail tenants and investment to the Villages’ targeted nodes,” said Kirsten Ussery, board of directors’ president, Villages Community Development Corporation. “By attracting neighborhood-oriented retail in the targeted intersections in West Village, we will improve the livability of all the Villages neighborhoods, retain residents and attract new residents to our vacant homes.”
 
The Villages of Detroit is a collection of neighborhoods located on Detroit’s near eastside, the boundaries of which are Mt. Elliott to Cadillac, and the Detroit River to Mack. The neighborhoods that make up the Villages are West Village, Indian Village, the Berry Subdivision, East Village, Islandview Village, and the Gold Coast.
Improvements will be concentrated in the Van Dyke/Agnes area; however, additional improvements and beautification projects will be implemented at the other commercial nodes at Kercheval and at Jefferson Avenue, which serve as the gateways and connectors to Agnes.   

Improvements will include:
·         Rain Garden Landscaping Demonstration Project in a highly visible corner property
·         Installation of locally created Public Art
·         Instillation of custom bike parking to encourage a healthy lifestyle
·         Installation of signage to reinforce a sense of place
·         Pedestrian Lighting Repair and Cleaning for beautify safe streets
·         Landscaping and Beautification of vacant property
 
About The Villages Development Community Corporation:
The Villages Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating economic development in the Villages of Detroit, a collection of neighborhoods located on Detroit’s near eastside, the boundaries of which are Mt. Elliott to Cadillac, and the Detroit River to Mack. The neighborhoods that make up the Villages are West Village, Indian Village, the Berry Subdivision, East Village, Islandview Village, and the Gold Coast. Through business attraction, community advocacy and organizing, and urban design and planning, the Villages CDC seeks to strengthen and preserve the social and economic fabric of one of the most diverse and longstanding communities in Detroit. For more information, visit http://thevillagesofdetroit.com.
 
About the Kresge Foundation:
The Kresge Foundation is a national, private foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for dealing with global climate change. The foundation has six programs. For more information on the programs, their strategic objectives and focus areas, click on the respective link to learn more about your program of interest.
Arts and Culture Program
Community Development / Detroit Program
Education Program
Environment Program
Health Program
Human Services Program
Kresge’s nine values serve as the centerpiece of its grantmaking, focusing its decision-making and reflecting its strategic priorities.
 
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