Feb 2, 2024 - News

FOIA Friday: Pre-Draft parking lot improvement plans

A map of downtown showing the parking lots that can apply for the program.

Downtown parking lots deemed eligible to participate in the DDA-funded lot improvement project. Map: Courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority

Detroit's plans to make the city more scenic ahead of the NFL Draft include beautifying privately owned parking lots.

Why it matters: Mayor Mike Duggan's administration asked the city's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to improve the central business district ahead of the April 25-27 event.

  • Other plans in advance of the national spectacle include infrastructure fixes, trash pickup and more.
  • There are lots of promises, pressures and hopes for a transformative impact from the event that drew 312,000 people to Kansas City last year.

State of play: Downtown lots that are owned privately but accessible to the public — and in compliance with city rules — can get planters and landscaping paid for by the DDA, per a letter from the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.'s Maxwell Cameron to the DDA board.

  • New bollards and/or fencing will be covered 75% by the DDA, and fixing bollards and fencing, painting and new signs at 50%.
  • More than 30 lots were deemed eligible, but negotiations are underway with property owners so the DDA can't give an estimate of how many will participate.
  • The public authority has a budget of $900,000 for the program.

Between the lines: We submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for details discussed at public DDA meetings and received documents two business days after our request was received.

The latest: The DDA approved a contractor, Detroit-based Industrial Fence and Landscaping Inc., to do the fencing work last week.

Go deeper: Learn more about how the DDA works.

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