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Grand River - NW Detroit Projects Update Nov 24, 2020

Nov 24th, 2020

David Legg

Tue, Nov 24 at 3:01 PM
Dear Residents of Northwest Detroit,

Leading into this Thanksgiving holiday, we are excited to provide you with project updates on the implementation of the Grand River Northwest Neighborhood Framework Plan.  Additionally, we have included a special spotlight on the ongoing Rogell Park Design.   

We will be holding our final virtual office hours for the year on Wednesday, December 16th (see bottom of email for details).  We hope to see you there!  

Michele Flournoy
City of Detroit Planning & Development- West Region
The design of Rogell Park is well underway and we appreciate all of your thoughtful input thus far. Construction at Rogell is slated to begin next year with a focus on building trails, sidewalks, boardwalks and bridges to open the 98-acre park up to the public.  
In September, City staff and our design team met with small groups of neighbors that live adjacent to the park to discuss access and connections that impact their street. A Community Meeting via Zoom was also held in September to give an update and gather input.  For more information on the project or to view the meeting presentation visit the Rogell Park Website.

Finally, over 100 people completed an online survey that has further influenced our design team as they move forward with construction documents.

84% of respondents were in agreement or strong agreement with the proposed Phase 1 Park Plan.


TOP Activities 
that respondents want to do at Rogell Park are Walking/Biking (95%), Relaxing in Nature (76%), Exercising (66%), and Habitat Viewing (61%)


of respondents said they were most likely to access the park by walking or biking.


TOP Priorities
for amenities at Rogell Park are Nature/Multi-use Trails (70%), Bathrooms (36%) and Educational/Wayfinding Signs (33%)
We also learned from survey responses that the primary concern respondents have related to park use is around issues of safety.  The design team is focused on exploring solutions including everything from speed humps and crosswalks, to vegetation management and lighting elements. 


What’s been happening at Rogell?

You may have noticed work crews in the park over the last couple of weeks. They were members of the design team and were collecting soil samples so our team can better understand environmental and soil conditions to support their work designing the trails, boardwalks and bridges.
  • The architect is working on assessments of the clubhouse to better understand both the building condition and possible uses in both the short- and long-terms.
  • You may see work crews completing cleanup around and in the building over the next month or two to better secure it and prevent deterioration while the building awaits reuse.
  • The design team has been working together to develop a number of design elements to take advantage of the park views; provide areas to rest; the materials for boardwalks and bridges; strategies for a continuous, lit north/south pathway along Berg; and potential us of the clubhouse for gathering, resting and small scale events/activities.
What’s Next at Rogell?
  • Design, Design, Design! Our team is knee deep in the details and design development.
  • We’ll look to schedule a Community Meeting via Zoom in January to talk about the design progress and schedule.
  • General cleanup in and around the clubhouse to prevent deterioration and secure it for winter is planned to take place before year end.
  • Anticipate construction starting Spring/Summer 2021!
If you have any questions please contact Farhat Chaudhry, City of Detroit General Services Department at 313.687.4078 or
The CIty of Detroit is updating its Parks & Rec Strategic Plan. Let us know what you want for the future of parks & rec in Detroit.  Visit the webpage for more information

This survey on average takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes.  TAKE THE SURVEY! 
The Obama Building mixed-use historic renovation at the corner of Grand River and Lahser is open! This is the first completed project in the Grand River Northwest planning area to receive funding support from the Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

For more on the development visit The Platform website
The Detroit Land Bank Authority, in coordination with the Housing & Revitalization Department is requesting proposals for a 1.4 acre site in Old Redford.  The site on Orchard Street was identified in the framework plan with additional input during the Old Redford Link design.

Visit the site listing or download the Marketing Packet for more info.
The Grand River Avenue Streetscape construction is substantially complete.  The design includes new pedestrian crossings, a two-way cycle track, safer intersections, as well as additional benches, bus shelters, trash cans and plantings within the corridor.

Find out more about the Complete Streets Streetscape Program 
The Grand Parklet at Grand River and Puritan is under construction.  The new City of Detroit park will open to the public in Summer 2021, including new sidewalk, lighting, landscaping, decorative concrete work, and seating.

For updates on construction progress visit DPW's project page.
REMINDER - Planning & Development Virtual Office Hours
The next Planning & Development Department West Team Virtual Office Hours will be the third Wednesday of the month December 16th at 12:30pm. These are informal opportunities to have an open dialogue between residents, stakeholders and City of Detroit Planning staff.

Join us by Zoom or by phone:
Meeting ID: 968 6095 8969
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RPIA Facilitated Conversation About Race

Nov 21st, 2020

Alex Derdelakos

Rosedale Park is a place where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.  The small town feeling in the midst of a big city is what makes our community unique and a sought after destination for many, particularly young families with children.  Though the majority of us love and support one another, there have been instances where social and cultural differences have led to misunderstandings.  Please join RPIA 2020 president Stephanie A. Young, City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Director Charity Dean and New Detroit's Lauren Hood for an honest conversation about race in Detroit and more specifically Rosedale Park, Dec. 3, 2020 at 6pm on Zoom.  Save the date.  Zoom credentials forthcoming.  Thank you!

RPIA Scholarship Program 2020 Now Accepting Applications

Oct 26th, 2020

Alex Derdelakos

Award Details

The deadline for submitting the application is November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

RPIA seeks to recognize, encourage, and support our youth residents. To this end, RPIA is offering a scholarship to two deserving high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution following high school graduation. This will be a one-time award of $1,250 to be awarded to two graduating seniors who reside within the boundaries of the Rosedale Park neighborhood and who have demonstrated effort and promise during their high school career. This scholarship will be offered on an annual basis. Particular value will be placed upon past participation in RPIA activities and/or community service efforts in the Rosedale Park neighborhood.

Visit for more information and to start the application process

Streets for People Transportation Plan press release

Oct 24th, 2020

Alex Derdelakos

FOR RELEASE: October 21, 2020 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Nicole Simmons

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Sept 27 2020 Rosedale Park eBlast

Sep 27th, 2020

David Legg


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September 27, 2020
Rosedale Park Improvement Association
  • Plans for development at IHOP restaurant site
  • Movie production in our neighborhood begins tomorrow
  • DPSCD candidate forum
  • Fall business news, and more 
Important Dates


RPIA Board Meeting, Monday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., IN PERSON, Rosemont-Acacia Park (Flintstone Park). Bring a lawn chair & wear a mask, please.
Block Captains' Meeting, Sunday, October 18, 4:00 p.m., Rosemont-Acacia Park (Flintstone Park), IN PERSON. Bring a lawn chair & wear a mask, please.
RPIA Board Meeting, Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. Location TBD.


Film production begins Monday

Dear Neighbor,
Beginning Monday, September 28, interior and exterior scenes for an upcoming feature film set in the 1950’s
will be filmed film on Ashton Rd for a period of 10 days over the course of two weeks.
Due to increased activity and production equipment curbside in the street, it will be necessary for Detroit Police
to conduct traffic control on:
• Ashton Rd, between Lyndon Ave and Eaton Ave
• Lyndon Ave between Southfield Fwy Service Drive and Rosemont Ave
Although residents may be asked to wait until Director calls cut and the street is made safe, all residents within
our soft closure will be able to access their house.
We are asking residents on Ashton Rd not to park in the street and to pull personal vehicles all the way forward
in driveways. Picture cars from the 1950’s will be parked strategically in the street and driveways.
Our production is working in cooperation with The City of Detroit, Detroit Police, and the city of Detroit Film Office. Our production understands we are guests in your neighborhood and will conduct ourselves as such. As a crew local to the Detroit area, we feel privileged to showcase Detroit to the world and would like to thank the residents for being so supportive. We will make every effort to minimize our impact on neighbors and accommodate residents and businesses while filming
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the number below. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and patience.


GRDC development planned for old IHOP/George's restaurant site

This week GRDC announced preliminary design plans for a new development on the old IHOP/George's Restaurant site, 19505 Grand River at Minock. The plans call for a mixed use building with retail on the ground floor and 36 one- and two- bedroom residential units above. The residential units will be a mix of affordable and market-rate units, with an emphasis on senior residents. Retail tenants are not yet set, but GRDC plans to include a cafe or bar and sundry retail that would serve both the building residents and neighbors. Parking will be included, with plans to enlarge the lot by acquiring parcels west of the building on Grand River and on Auburn. Parking entrances will be on Auburn and Minock. Financing is expected to be concluded early next year, with construction beginning later in 2021. It is scheduled to be complete in 2023. For more details, watch the Facebook video presentation here, or by visiting the GRDC project web page here.
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Detroit Schools Board Candidate Forum

DPSCD forum 2020The Detroit Public Schools Community District is having a Virtual School Board Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6 pm. Learn more about the candidates by tuning in. You must register to participate. Click here for details.



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Business News

Norwest Gallery in Model D

norwest big abstrDirector of Norwest Gallery of Art, 19556 Grand River, was featured this week in Model D, discussing why Detroit needs art more than ever, and the gallery's current exhibition, Big and Abstract. You can see the article by clicking here.





The current coronaviris CoViD-19 pandemic situation is constantly changing. Please use the links below to check for information from the City of Detroit and State of Michigan Departments of Health. Click each image to visit those vitally important pages.



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Pages Bookshop virtual book events

Pages Bookshop Virtually Presents Nicole Tersigni

10/06/2020 - 6:30PM

 Metro-Detroit author, Nicole Tersigni, for her laugh out loud and all too real book, "Men to Avoid in Art and Life" which turns historical paintings into hilarious memes about mansplaining.

October GR Virtually Reads: Winners Take All

10/06/2020 - 6:00PM

This month we are reading "Winners Take All" by Anand Giridharadas.

Pages Bookshop Virtually Presents Elaine Sciolino

10/13/2020 - 6:30PM

Are you missing traveling as much as we are? Well come join us and take a virtual trip to Paris with us. We are excited to host Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times  for the paperback release of her book, "The Seine: The River that Made Paris."



Most community events have been cancelled during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic emergency. Contact the hosting site for details about individual events.


Waste Pickup
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Code violations at a property near you? Contact Stacy Pugh of the Code Violations Committee at 313-574-8889 or email



Newly vacant houses on your block? Do you suspect squatters?  Rosedale Park Vacant Property Committee at 313-231-2244 (Pam Weinstein), 313-408-8420 (Nancy Bitzarakis), or 313-673-6697 (Jill Laufer).



GRDC Vacant Property Taskforce
Contact GRDC’s Community Engagement Manager Kitty Yarbrough at 313.387.4732, ext. 103



Report abandoned vehicles(313) 267-4600

Animal Complaints
Dog bite, stray dog, or other live animal concerns, call Detroit Animal Control at 313-224-6356.  Call DPW at 313-628-4268 for dead animal pick-up.
Weeds and uncut grass
City of Detroit Environmental Department, 313-876-0974.
Trash container repairs
Call Advanced Disposal at 844-233-8764. Repairs are usually free.
Before you trim trees on city berm or island
Call the city's Forestry Dept. at 313-332-9115 to obtain a FREE permit.
Detroit Historic Commission
Rosedale Park is an officially-designated historic district, so any changes to the outside of your property may require a special historic district permit. This includes things that would not ordinarily require a permit in Detroit, like changing the color of paints, changing landscaping, adding or changing a fence, or replacing windows. For more information and a list of required permits, visit the Detroit Historic Commission web page.


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Vision and Mission
The Vision of Rosedale Park Improvement Association is a vibrant residential and commercial community that is thriving through collaborative excellence.

The Mission of the Rosedale Park Improvement Association is to encourage neighbors to maintain and increase the beauty, safety and ambience of urbane living, through community efforts and the preservation of the historic integrity of the neighborhood.

Alley Cleanup Program Press Release

Sep 19th, 2020

Alex Derdelakos


FOR RELEASE: September 18, 2020


Histroric District Commission Warns About Bad Contractors

Mar 30th, 2020

David Legg

The Historic District Commission has recently seen an uptick in bad contractors not following the guidelines set forth by the commission, not getting the appropriate approvals, and not obtaining permits for work. This has caused a lot of pain and cost a lot of money to homeowners that didn't know better. Please check out the warning from commissioner James Hamilton.


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

Behind in your property tax payments?

Jan 8th, 2019

David Legg

If you have fallen behind in your property tax payments, you may be eligible for an interest free loan for up to $30,000 to help catch up. You can read more about it in the Michigan state program's flyer by clicking here.


Jan 1st, 2016

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!