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Real Estate Development

Vernor/Livernois Redevelopment Project

The SDBA sponsored an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel to work with the community to provide a road map for the neighboorhoods vision for the property. The panel comprised of 8 nationally renowned experts, addressed possible strategies for the redevelopment of the 7 acre contaminated real estate in the heart of Southwest Detroit. During a public meeting, the ULI visit concluded with formal recommendations on how to most effectively reuse the property.

Vernor Crossing will be a major retail center including the sale of local goods, a central community meeting space, and a regional destination for residents and visitors which reflects the Latino heritage and engages the community of Southwest Detroit.

Key Features (ULI recommended uses)*

  • 60,000 sf retail space
  • Maker space/small business incubator
  • Grand Public Space that incorporates the West Vernor Greenway/Streetscapes


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