CVA in the news!

During the recent fight over City Council’s approval of hundreds of millions of dollars to downtown developers, the Charlevoix Village Association was a presence at council meetings. The media in Southeast Michigan took notice.

Gilbert’s Bedrock seeks council OK for major tax breaks, Detroit News

Public comments on the project were split about the potential deal. Several union officials whose members would get jobs and members of a neighborhood advisory committee for the developments praised the deal. Others urged the council to deny approval.

“This is a very creative way of not going to the general fund because the money is coming straight out of workers paychecks and to the billionaire,” said Allison Laskey, a member of the Charlevoix Village Association neighborhood group.

Detroit council approves $250M tax breaks for Bedrock, Detroit News

Some residents decried the incentives Tuesday as an unfair benefit for the wealthy. Others praised Bedrock as a partner, telling council the approvals will help bring jobs and upgrades to city communities.

Allison Laskey, a member of the Charlevoix Village Association neighborhood group, urged council to hold off on approving the plan during public comment.

“There hasn’t been enough time for due process,” said Laskey, who is worried about budget implications and job creation. “This is a very important piece of legislation, and it’s taking place on a short-time frame. Why rush this through City Council between the election and the Thanksgiving holiday?”

Detroit City Council approves $250M in taxpayer money for Dan Gilbert, Metro Times

Several residents like Brian Silverstein of the Charlevoix Village Association spoke during public comment and charged that council members wouldn’t have supported giving a billionaire $250 million if the vote took place before this month’s election. Silverstein called the proposal “grimy and unpalatable.”

Tell City Council Not To Give Dan Gilbert Detroiters’ Money!

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Call Detroit City Council Members Scott Benson, Mary Sheffield, and Gabe Leland And Tell Them To Prioritize Detroiters Over Billionares and VOTE NO on Bedrock’s Brownsfield Development!

UPDATE: The vote has been moved to Monday at noon. The Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee will consider whether to give Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Group even more of our money. This billionaire is asking for more than $250 million to build four developments that will have no positive or beneficial impact to Detroiters.

The notion of a billionaire getting money as Detroiters are struggling day to day to survive is outrageous. Detroiters need the attention of City Council, not a billionaire. We deserve more guarantees that Detroiters will benefit equitably from this development, including more affordable units that are not segregated from the market rate and luxury housing being built. Committee members Benson, Sheffield, and Leland should table the request and make Bedrock strike a better deal with the community.

Last week members of CVA spoke out last week against this proposal in order to represent the real interest of Detroiters. Our presence made an impact. So we are planning on showing up again, and are calling for everyone to SPEAK UP FOR DETROIT! Let Benson and Sheffield know that they need to continue to do right by Detroit. Table the vote, like they did last week. The billionaires can wait. Detroit residents cannot.

Join Us! Call Benson, Sheffield, and Leland and tell them to VOTE NO on the Brownsfield Development. Come and attend the Hearing MONDAY 11/20 starting at 12noon at the Coleman A Young Municiple Building on the 13th floor. Let us know if you are interested in coming and need a ride!

Scott Benson – District 3, BensonS@detroitmi.gov, 313-224-1198

Mary Sheffield – District 5, CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov, 313-224-4505

Gabe Leland – District 7, LelandG@detroitmi.gov, 313-224-2151