The first two Community Benefits Ordinance meetings of Detroit residents living in the area of a planned $3 billion New Center development took place this month.
Two residents were elected by their neighbors on Tuesday to the nine-member Neighborhood Advisory Council tasked with collaborating with project developers to create a community agreement that will require approval by Detroit City Council.
The development from Henry Ford Health, Michigan State University, Tom Gores and the Detroit Pistons, aims to create a new hospital and medical research campus which will include residential, commercial, retail and recreational developments over the next decade.
Residents who attended the meeting on Tuesday voted for Detroiters Joanne Adams and Steven Rimmer to fill two of the nine seats on the advisory council. Twenty-three Detroiters stepped forward to serve on the council, Bridge Detroit reports, which will make up the candidate pool for the remaining seven seats – four of which will be selected by the Detroit Planning Department and three by City Council members.
“Our plan in Detroit has focused on bringing people and organizations together and creating meaningful partnerships that accelerate growth, create opportunity and contribute to the revitalization of the city,” Gores said in a press release announcing the development project. “We are uniquely positioned and fortunate to have our partners at Henry Ford Health support the reimagination of our shared neighborhood, which will create jobs and housing for a new generation of Detroiters.”
Other headlines for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023:
Michigan Democrats are working to repeal a 1995 drug immunity law that prevents residents who suffer injuries as a result of taking medications from suing pharmaceutical companies — which cut Michiganders out of a multi-million dollar settlement announced last week in a case involving AstraZeneca.
- Absenteeism rates in Michigan schools are dropping, but they still exceed pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released by the State Board of Education this week.
- In honor of the film’s 48th anniversary, the Fisher Theater is hosting a screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. tonight with a live shadow cast featuring original cast member Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors) and audience participation.
- The Michigan Science Center is hosting an After Dark Friday 13th event at 6 p.m. tomorrow, promising an eerie atmosphere where science meets the supernatural.
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