Apr 21

MDI to Host Neighborhood Cleanup May 3

MDI to Host Neighborhood Cleanup May 3 Spring is finally here! It was a particularly intense winter this year and it took a toll on our neighborhood. In effort to bring a little shine back to the district, we'll be hosting a volunteer cleanup day on Saturday, May 3. We're hoping that you will be able to join us. This year, we'll be focusing on two major areas – North Cass and New Center. These pockets remain a focus for MDI as we continue to make investments here. This summer we'll be programming New Center Park and planting the median flower beds along Grand Boulevard. We're also...

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Apr 16

Challenge Grants to Award $500,000 to Local Businesses

Read the Detroit Free Press article in its original format HERE   Challenge Grants to Award $500,000 to Local Businesses John Gallagher forThe Detroit Free Press Think it's tough running a small business in Detroit? Help is on the way. A new program being announced today will award cash grants totaling $500,000 to more than 30 existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Thirty grants of $10,000 each will be awarded and two grand prizes of $100,000 each will be given. Called NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth, the project is a joint venture by the New Economy...

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Apr 09

Knight Foundation Provides Funding to NPOs for Capacity Building

Read the Knight Foundation press release in its original format HERE   Training Program to Help Increase Detroit Nonprofit and Public Sector Capacity with $400,000 from Knight Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will support professional development opportunities for nonprofit and public sector staff The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will subsidize training and professional development for Detroit public sector and nonprofit staff tackling economic development, land use, city systems, planning and neighborhood development. The capacity...

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Apr 07

The Zenith is Now Open in the Fisher Building

Mexican and Southern fusion restaurant Zenith in now open on the first floor of the Fisher Building! They're open from 11 AM - 8 PM Monday through Friday serving a tapas menu and burrito bar. A brunch menu and weekend hours will be added this weekend. They plan to have a liquor license this summer. Check out their menu and photos of the space HERE

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Mar 21

Detroit Symphony Dives Headlong Into Streaming

Read the New York Times article in its original format HERE Detroit Symphony Dives Headlong Into Streaming Michael Cooper and Rebecca Schmid forThe New York Times DETROIT — Orchestras and opera companies in the United States and Europe, facing uncertain futures and rapid changes in how people listen to music, are increasingly making forays into web streaming, taking one of Western culture's most traditional live art forms out of theaters and concert halls and putting it onto small screens. The Vienna State Opera recently joined the Berlin Philharmonic in charging for subscriptions to its...

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Mar 17

Detroit’s Re-Do: Interview with MDI Staffers

Read the Delicious Day post in its original format HERE   Detroit's Re-Do The media's reports of Detroit are, at their very best, unbalanced. What they miss while running yet another "ruin porn" story are the enormous efforts (and results) of insiders, outsiders and organizations, such as Midtown Detroit. Founded 37 years ago, Midtown Detroit's mission is to transform an area of Detroit that is not surprisingly, in the middle of the city, and home to many museums, art venues, theatres, dining options, shopping, Wayne State University and more. I sat down with Karen Gage, Midtown Detroit'...

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Mar 07

Shinola Unveils Four New City Clocks

Read the Crain’s article in its original format HERE   Detroit's Time Has Come: Shinola Unveils Four New City Clocks Anjana Schroeder forCrain's Detroit The time has come. Shinola/Detroit LLC celebrated the unveiling of four city clocks this morning with a short ceremony at the site of one of the clocks, outside Cobo Center. The Cobo clock, featuring LED lights and a stainless steel casing, has a diameter of more than 3 feet and stands 13 feet tall. Other clocks can be found:• at Eastern Market. Shed 3 is the temporary home of a wall-mounted city clock. The clock eventually will be on a...

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Mar 04

$6.9 Million Midtown Apartment Financing Closes

Read the Crain's article in its original format HERE $6.9 Million Midtown Apartment Financing Closes; Construction to Begin 'Any Day' Kirk Pinho forCrain's Detroit The former Tushiyah United Hebrew School at Kirby and St. Antoine streets in Midtown will be turned into 25 market-rate apartment units as part of a $6.9 million redevelopment now that the developer has closed on project financing. Lead and asbestos abatement has been completed and construction on the building will begin "any day now," said Ian Wiesner, senior loan officer in the Ann Arbor office of Arlington, Va.-based...

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Feb 19

Thanks to MDI Funders

Thank You to Our Funders and Supporters! The last few months of 2013 were busy and successful for Midtown Detroit, Inc. with two groundbreaking ceremonies, a festive Noel Night, several new business openings, and announcements of neighborhood development projects. In addition to these spotlight events and activities, we're always working on projects behind the scenes as well. The generous support of area businesses and foundations makes everything we do possible and we appreciate their support! Here is a roundup of the grants Midtown Detroit, Inc. received in 2013 including information...

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Feb 06

Rabbi Starts Chabad House in Midtown

Read the Detroit News article in its original format HERE Rabbi Fostering Jewish Community Downtown Marney Rich Keenan forThe Detroit News Four years ago, Rabbi Yisrael Pinson saw the beginnings of a Jewish revival downtown and sought to convince local religious leaders that the city needed its first Chabad House. Chabad is a worldwide movement in which Jewish families open their homes to Jews in the community as "extended family," offering outreach, support and guidance. "My argument was that our young people are moving into the city of Detroit," Pinson said. "They are starting...

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