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Commemorate Black History Month and the 1 Year Anniversary of the RPIA Community Read

Dec 29th, 2021

Alex Derdelakos

The RPIA Community Read has selected Caste: The Origins of our Discontents as our next book for discussion.

by Isabel Wilkerson

The Zoom discussion is scheduled for Sunday, February 20th, 4-6PM.

Book available at our local bookseller, Pages Bookshop. 19560 Grand River. You can also get in audio format.

For more information and to register for the discussion visit

Urban Crisis

Summary of meeting to address traffic design issues on Grand River

Dec 4th, 2021

David Legg

December 4, 2021
A group of community representatives has met with city and state managers and engineers to discuss problems and issues that have come from the major redesign of Grand River over the last three years. The meetings, spearheaded by State Representative Stephanie Young, have included two large group meetings and a small work session with a state highway engineer to look at problem areas in-person. Some short-range and long-range approaches have come from those meetings. Long-range, the representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plan to begin a "Comprehensive Road Safety Audit" in the coming months to investigate continued high-speed and dangerous driving, the large number of crashes, and "hot spots" along the project length. The project extends from the Southfield/Fenkell intersection to Berg Road, west of Lahser.
Short term, MDOT recognizes that traffic signal timings need to be adjusted at several locations, and will make those changes in several rounds of adjustments. Those changes will allow more pedestrian crossing time at two signals: Grandland and the Meijer entrance. These crossings are used by senior citizens quite extensively, and more crossing time is needed. Also, the left turn signal from westbound Grand River into the Meijer lot will be adjusted. Adjustments along the corridor at other locations will serve to further slow down speeding traffic, while not creating driver frustration.
Other short-term items include problems with night-time visibility of the pedestrian and bus islands and parking lane bump-outs. City workers evaluated the reflective markers and signage, and agree that, although they currently meet minimum highway code requirements, the amount of traffic on Grand River calls for more indicators. They plan to make changes to the delineator posts, switch to a new reflective yellow paint on the curbs, and add additional vertical reflective signs on the islands and bumpouts. The rapid flashing pedestrian crossing signals have been repeatedly destroyed by dangerous driving. (The center island flashers cost over $15,000 each to replace!) They are evaluating a different system of electronics for these locations.
The condition of the plantings on the islands was also a concern. The city General Services Department (GSD) is responsible for mowing, and will look at the kinds of ornamental plantings that are currently planted. They will  replace those with plants they can mow on a 2 to 3 week schedule. Also, there was discussion about the car bumpers and fenders left behind after the many crashes along Grand River. Currently, this commercial corridor is scheduled for sweeping twice each week as weather allows, and that will be maintained. That street sweeping takes place during overnight hours.
Also covered were the issues of repeated parking in the bike lanes at certain locations and general street lighting problems, including the many missing light poles, destroyed by unsafe driving. These will be addressed by the Comprehensive Road Safety Audit. The GSD also said that snow removal schedules have been reviewed, and they confirmed that they have sufficient equipment to clear the center lane and bike lane as scheduled. Bike lanes will be cleared within 48 hours after a snow event.
All of the agencies agree that the main goal is to calm down the dangerous traffic conditions on Grand River, and create a pleasant, safe place for neighbors and businesses to use. 

Alert! Asphalt plant proposed for area south of I-96

Nov 20th, 2021

David Legg

Video from Nov 11th, 2021 General Membership Meeting

Nov 12th, 2021

Alex Derdelakos

Detroit Parks Hot Line Numbers

Sep 16th, 2021

Alex Derdelakos

Rosedale Park Sales Brochure from 1919

Aug 29th, 2021

David Legg

The Burton Historical Collection at the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library has many significant records about the history of Detroit, including this sales brochure from the original developer of Rosedale Park. Even though this brochure is dated 1919, our neighborhood actually dates from 1917, when the development was originally platted and registered with the state. 

The brochure is a time capsule, of sorts. The style of advertising is definitely not seen today, and there are several examples of "coded language" that betray prejudices and deed restrictions that were all-too-common in those days. There are plenty of confusing details, too. It mentions Evergreen Road and Grand River Avenue, and we are familiar with those, but where is "Mill Road," or "12th Street?" Mill Road is now the Southfield Freeway, and 12th Street is now Fenkell Street. 

We hope you enjoy reading this, and we hope it highlights some of the reasons Rosedale Park has been designated a Historic District. Click the link below to see the brochure in .pdf format.

TCF Bank Beautification Grant

Jun 11th, 2021

David Legg

TCF Bank continues to invest in Detroit neighborhoods in a big way - they recently awarded a $25,000 beautification grant to Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC), to be divided equally among the five Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods, to help us spruce up our surroundings.  This is the second year Rosedale Park has received $5,000 from this generous TCF grant.
This year RPIA is pleased to put those TCF funds to work through an island beautification program, to give a 100% matching grant to any block that invests up to a maximum of $150 in making their island beautiful.  Eligible expenses include dirt, mulch, grass seed, flowers, perennials, shrubs, landscape blocks, tools, fertilizer, weed killer, boulders, seeds, flower pots, stakes, etc.  Grants will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, with an August 1st deadline for submitting hard-copy printed receipts.
Blocks that want some new ideas or suggestions can request free advice/consultation from members of the RPIA Garden Committee, who are happy to drop by and assess your options with you - call Carolyn Murphy (313-838-1768), Ruth Remus (313-587-5697)  or Deborah Tunstull (313-549-1339) to set up a visit.
Tina Castleberry, owner of The Garden Bug,18901 Grand River, is delighted to hear about our beautification efforts and will support blocks making purchases at her business by offering a small discount or gift to each block.  This locally owned and operated garden center is only open till June 20, so don’t delay!
Let’s make Rosedale Park even more beautiful!!
For more information or questions, contact Pam Weinstein (313-231-2244 or

David Legg Answers Questions for Students at St. Olaf Collage

Mar 1st, 2021

Alex Derdelakos

David LeggWhat services does your organization provide to the Rosedale Park community?

The Rosedale Park Improvement Association has been in existence for over 100 years. Our neighborhood was first developed beginning in 1916, with sections developed in stages through the mid-1930s.

What role does the organization play in the neighborhood?

How has Covid-19 changed how the community interacts? What have you learned from having to make changes in the community through less conventional ways?

How does your organization work to represent the needs and interests of the community?

I think that my other responses may give you the info you are looking for. Ultimately, I think that we are in tune with what the community is thinking, and we have ways in place to respond.

NEZ Property Tax Reduction Available to Qualified Rosedale Residents

Sep 13th, 2019

Alex Derdelakos

If you own and occupy your home in the Rosedale Park neighborhood AND you purchased it after 12/31/96, you are likely eligible for a 15-25% reduction on your property taxes!  Many eligible homeowners are already benefitting from this program, known as the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Homestead property tax abatement.   The NEZ tax reduction certificate is good for 15 years.

How can you tell if you are already enrolled ?

If you are currently receiving two tax bills – one for a parcel #22-xxxxxxx and another for a parcel #27-xxxxxxx – you are already enrolled in this program.  If you purchased your home after 12/31/96 and are receiving only one tax bill, for a parcel #22-xxxxxxx, you need to apply for the NEZH!

Necessary qualifications

Here are the requirements for the NEZH, courtesy of the Detroit Assessor’s Office:

How to apply for the program

You may pick up an application in person at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Office of the Assessor, in Suite 804; you may request one by email to; or you may call 313- 224-6989 to ask that one be mailed to you.
Is there a deadline to file ?

The Office of the Assessor accepts applications all year. Please keep in mind that the abatement is effective the year after you purchase the property.
Applications submitted before October 1 will be processed to apply to the following year’s taxes.  Any application submitted after October 1 will be processed the following year.

Necessary documentation

I’ve heard that NEZ Homesteads are being extended -  is this true ?

YES !!! If you are currently in the program and are nearing the end of your abatement, you will simply need to sign an affidavit stating that the property continues to be your principal residence and that you will commit to a minimum of $500 in improvements over a 3-year period and a new certificate will be issued for your property.

For additional information, contact the Detroit Assessor’s office at the number above.  And feel free to share this information with friends and associates.

Want to pay your property taxes online? Here's how.

Jan 8th, 2019

Alex Derdelakos


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Alex Derdelakos

Welcome to Rosedale Park!

We are a community of nearly 1600 households, located on the northwest side of Detroit. Our neighborhood has received historic designation, in recognition of the fine architectural styles and diversity of our homes. Our neighborhood association, the Rosedale Park Improvement Association (RPIA), was founded in 1929, and is one of our most valuable assets. Check out our web site and learn more about our activities, our publications, and our personnel. Contact us to let us know what you think.

The benefits that we derive from living in this beautiful neighborhood depend upon a commitment to our community and a respect for the rights of our neighbors.

Read the RPIA Creed below:

TOGETHER...the families of Rosedale Park have created a good place to live in - a place that preserves the pleasures of living in a small town though it is part of a large city.

These pleasures emanate from the pride of ownership that maintaining the good appearance of their homes as well as maintaining desirable living conditions.
Through their efforts, civic improvements, social activities and other projects have been accomplished to conserve the joy and increase the pride of the community.

As a resident of Rosedale Park, this is my heritage! appreciation for the work that has been done to establish this highly desirable neighborhood and to prove us worthy of the friendship of our neighbors, I PLEDGE MY FAMILY TO...

City Living is Great....It's Best in Rosedale Park!