Living in a Historic District

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.

Histroric District Commission Warns About Bad Contractors

Mar 30th, 2020

Alex Derdelakos

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.


What does it mean to live in an Historic Neighborhood?

Jun 1st, 2018

Alex Derdelakos

Welcome to Rosedale Park! This beautiful part of our city has been designated an Historic District by the Detroit City Council. This designation helps preserve both the architectural features of our neighborhood and the economic value of our homes. It is very important to know that if you plan to do any home improvements or repairs to the exterior of your home, you are required to obtain a building permit application and submit it for review and approval by the City of Detroit Historic District Commission.

The following summary is not all-inclusive. However, it lists many of the projects that require a review by the Commission. If you do not see your project on these lists, CONTACT the Commission staff:  Jennifer Ross at or Audra Dye at More information is available at the Commission's web site:



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

Detroit Historic District - General Information / Documents

May 15th, 2018

Alex Derdelakos

City of Detroit Building Department - Building Permit Application

Historic Distric Commission - Rosedale Park

Historic Distric Commission - 2018 Brochure

Michigan Historic Preservation Network - Membership Directory

Historic District - Application Requirements

May 15th, 2018

Alex Derdelakos

Fence Requirements

Repainting Requirements

Shingle Roof Requirements

Solar Panel Requirements

Historic District - Guidelines

May 15th, 2018

Alex Derdelakos

Antenna & Satellite Dish

Fence & Hedge


Fences (Revised 2019)