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ericsprague

Eastern Market Development

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This sounds like a good opportunity to provide input on and learn about planned improvements in the Eastern Market area:

http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com/ -> Town Hall Meeting Dates

Eastern Market Corporation has scheduled four Town Hall meetings to discuss a draft economic development strategy for the market district. Feedback from these meetings will help in honing the strategy to become an effective tool for building a more successful Eastern Market district.

Town Hall Meeting #1

Tuesday February 19, 2008 8:00 AM

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

1345 Gratiot Avenue

Town Hall Meeting #2

Tuesday February 19, 2008 2:00 PM

Sacred Heart Church Activities Center

1000 Eliot Street

Town Hall Meeting #3

Wednesday February 20, 2008 4:00 PM

Detroit Edison Public School Academy

1903 Wilkins Street

Town Hall Meeting #4

Friday February 29, 2008 12 Noon

Eastern Market Offices

2934 Russell Street

The public is invited to participate in any or all of the meetings. Each meeting will begin with an overview of plans to enhance market sheds and land managed by the Eastern Market Corporation as well as a discussion of proposed strategies for the market district.

Public comment and question and answer session will follow.

Copies of the draft Economic Development Strategy for the Eastern Market District can be found at www.detroiteasternmarket.com or can be picked up at the Eastern Market office at 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI, 48207.

To better prepare refreshments and arrange seating we ask that you let us know if you’re coming by calling us at 313.833.9300 or emailing us at [email protected]

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Nope, they need to have these types of things when normal people aren't working, haha. The Eastern Market master plan is pretty interesting though. I took a thorough look at that, and was pretty impressed. If the plan is executed, it would really make EM into a 24/7 community, and would fill in all the empty land around the market with a good mixture of housing types.

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With these community master plans, do they ever work out?

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A masterplan isn't a blueprint that must be followed to a 'T', it's a guide that the association looks to as they plan for the future. The point is that they hope to find developers who are willing to take on a small part of the plan. One developer builds a small housing development in one corner, another renovates a building into a restaurant in another corner, etc.

The point is that it is supposed to give developers a vision of what the neighborhood could be 20 years into the future.

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Master Plans can be changed. They are guidance tools for future growth.

It's zoning that is more set in stone, which is why you have to apply for variances if your project doesn't fit the zoning requirements. The MP is more generic where the zoning ordinance is more specific.

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