City sets up closed-room developer selection committees for Islandview

Thursday February 21st, 4pm – 6:30pm
The Commons, 7900 Mack Ave.

The City of Detroit recently created special selection committees to choose developers for planned projects in the neighborhood, including new apartments on Townsend near Vernor and eight rehabbed duplexes throughout Islandview. Community members invited to sit on the committees have had serious concerns with the transparency and accessibility of these committees.  

The City scheduled these meetings on weekdays during business hours when most people can’t attend and and didn’t publicize them beyond the people on the committees. That’s not transparent or inclusive!

We think that these meetings should be open to the public, scheduled in the evenings, and held once a month rather than every other week. 

This is an important process that affects all of us. To make sure our voices are heard, the community members who sit on these committees have invited the whole community to join the meetings. The next meeting to discuss the new Townsend apartments is this Thursday, February 21st at 4 PM at The Commons

We need as many people as possible to show up on Thursday so that everyone can find out about these developers who are seeking to do business in our community, and make sure the City does a better job of being accountable to us and including our voices in the decisions they make.
View the open letter here.

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