What is the SDBA Streetscape Project?
In early July, the construction and engineering crews wrapped up their work and completed the final touches on the $6.4 Million renewal of the lighting system on 2.3 miles of West Vernor from Clark to Woodmere. The construction consisted of 188 new light poles, 4.6 miles of new sidewalk, LED lamps, 54 new landscaping beds, and new underground wiring.
It was a big commitment toward a clean and safe corridor from West Vernor and Springwells small business owners who voted in a Business Improvement District in 2007. Lighting was the first priority they identified that needed to be fixed. The process to achieve this goal was long, but we are now seeing the fruits of that labor. Business owners and residents jumped for joy and kissed light poles when the lights came on.
Other funders that made this project into reality were the Michigan Department of Transportation, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, City of Detroit Department of Public Works, Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Detroit, Comerica and MGM Grand-Detroit. Please thank these funders as well as the businesses on West Vernor and Springwells for their commitment to the Southwest Detroit community.