Detroit officials are breaking ground on a new park in the city’s Fitzgerald neighborhood.
The city says the Ella Fitzgerald Park is a test case for future development in Detroit.
City officials call the groundbreaking a part of redeveloping the area near Livernois and McNichols.
“This’ll be a neighborhood that people from around the country come and say, ‘You…can bring people back. You can bring a neighborhood back. We did it here in Fitzgerald.’ ” – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
It’s a project they say will include building the new park, a new community center and refurbishing existing housing stock.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says officials are modeling the project on successful efforts to build-up the city’s Midtown area, including leveraging existing assets and incorporating help from neighborhood stakeholders and a strong university.
“Over the next year or two, if we execute this the way we’re planning, this’ll be a neighborhood that people from around the country come and say, ‘You don’t have to give up on your neighborhoods. You can bring people back. You can bring a neighborhood back. We did it here in Fitzgerald,’ ” Duggan says.
Officials hope to use the development to lure new residents to about 115 vacant homes in the neighborhood.