Detroit Evening Report, April 27, 2022: Sheffield announces Neighborhood Beautification Program


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Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield has announced a new Neighborhood Beautification Program. It’s part of the Neighborhood Improvement Fund or (NIF). Sheffield created the NIF as a response to residents’ concerns about multimillion dollar developments in the city — like the Pistons facility in the New Center area — and a lack of funds for city neighborhoods. NIF dollars come from the net income tax revenue collected from NBA players’ salaries during home games and the salaries of Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment employees. These funds are dedicated to neighborhoods outside of Midtown and downtown. The goal is to remove blight and to create recreational opportunities and trade opportunities for young people. Sheffield says there will be a series of informational sessions designed to introduce the program and prepare block clubs and neighborhood associations on how to apply for the grants.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.