Monday, June 22, 2015

Land bank to auction 17 Warrendale homes

Warrendale home - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The Detroit Land Bank Authority will soon place 17 vacant home in the Warrendale neighborhood up for auction. There will be an open house at Ss. Peter and Paul Church (7685 Grandville Ave.) this coming Sunday, June 28 from 1 - 5 p.m. to showcase these homes as well as the auction process.

If you are not familiar with the DLBA auction, a few basics are that bidding on each house starts at $1,000 and is open for one business day. Three homes are auctioned per day.

The 17 homes in Warrendale that will be placed for auction at:

  • 6330 Abington Ave;
  • 6481 Mansfield;
  • 6594 Forrer;
  • 6717 Longacre;
  • 6720 Grandmont;
  • 6759 Rutland;
  • 7318 Woodmont;
  • 7421 Mettetal;
  • 7425 Rutherford;
  • 7450 Woodmont;
  • 7498 Rutland;
  • 7501 St Marys;
  • 7530 Forrer;
  • 7537 Abington Ave;
  • 7771 Memorial;
  • 7811 Memorial; and
  • 6315 Archdale.
Open House Tours are free and open to the public and gives folks an opportunity to see the house before bidding and get a sense of the rehab work needed. More information is also available on their website, which is www.buildingdetroit.org. On the website, one can also view the homes that are included in the auction.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Friends of Rouge Park to meet

The next Friends of Rouge Park meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Don Bosco Center (9356 Westwood St.), which is approximately half a mile north of the Warrendale neighborhood. The group plans to end their meeting promptly so people can attend the District 7 City Council Community Evening Meeting at 7 p.m. at Third New Hope Baptist Church (12850 Plymouth Rd).

The agenda for this meeting includes:

  1. Rouge Park Appreciation Day wrap-up and report;
  2. Updates from the City on the coming improvements to the Brennan Pools area;
  3. ELCA Youth Projects in the park July 15-17;
  4. Upcoming Student Conservation Association projects in the park; and
  5. DWSD bioswale project and plant list for Tireman swale
Everyone who is interested in preserving, protecting, and promoting the largest park in Detroit is invited to attend this meeting.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Red Bull Grand Rallycross comes to Belle Isle

Alejandro Fernández at the Red Bull Global Rallycross - Wikimedia Commons image
It was confirmed today that the Red Bull Global Rallycross will come to Detroit next month. They will have a double header race on Belle Isle, July 25 -26.

This will be the first of three doubleheaders on the 2015 Red Bull GRC schedule, Detroit’s second round of race action will likely be one of the most intense races of the year, according to race organizers. Hot tempers heading into the second leg of a back-to-back event and all eyes on the action will combine for an all-out war.

More information about this race is available here. Their 2015 spectator guide, which race information and driver biographies, can be downloaded for free here.

Detroit Futbol comes to Warrendale

Ryan Playground - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The Detroit City Futbol League will hold four matches this coming Tuesday, June 9 at the Ryan Playground in Warrendale. The DCFL brings together adults from various neighborhoods around Detroit to play soccer.

Ryan Playground is currently being renovated. Included in those upgrades are two regulation-sized fields at the southern end of the playground.

For the first set of matches, Eastern Market will take on Hamtramck, while Corktown will take on Grandmont/Rosedale, at 6:30 p.m. After those two matches, Cody Rouge will take on Boston Edison while Patton Park takes on Warrendale at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend these matches.

Monday, June 01, 2015

20 Summer safety tips


Detroit police commissioner Ricardo Moore offers this list of 20 summer safety tips.
  1. Drink water;
  2. Visit elderly people who live alone;
  3. While vacationing, have mail and newspaper deliveries stopped;
  4. Ladies: have a used pair of men's work boots on your porch;
  5. Call your local police department and have your home placed on special attention when vacationing
  6. Place an alarm company sign in the front yard;
  7. Surveillance cameras are helpful on the home;
  8. Cut shrubs, trees and grass on a regular basis;
  9. Introduce yourself to neighbors and tell them what you want them to know (i.e. my nephew is a police commissioner);
  10. Have your lighting/sprinkler system on a timer;
  11. Fireworks are dangerous;
  12. Basketball hoops and illegally opened fire hydrants should be reported immediately;
  13. Squatting is illegal, call the police;
  14. Don't get directly involved in police matters...be a good witness instead;
  15. When throwing away boxes from expensive purchases, reduce boxes to fit in trash cans;
  16. Get a shredder for old paperwork to reduce identity theft;
  17. Change up your travel pattern, including times of departure and arrival times;
  18. Stop telling people all of your business;
  19. Don't volunteer information over the telephone; and
  20. Don't leave items you care about to be kept in open view for all to see.
These 20 summer safety tips are your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rouge Park Appreciation Day is this Saturday

A quick reminder that Rouge Park Appreciation Day is this Saturday. Please join the Friends of Rouge Park and others in cleaning up the largest park in Detroit.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Joy Rd. and Spinoza St. Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves and long pants as well as sturdy covered shoes.

There might have some rain so bring a raincoat. This event will go on, rain or shine.

Lunch will be served after for all volunteers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Water deal on the line

The deal to create a regional water authority for southeastern Michigan is in trouble, according to published news reports. The City of Detroit's bankruptcy plan called for such an authority to be created no later than June 14. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel doesn't appear inclined to go along with it.

If Hackel doesn't like the deal, that's between him and the people of Macomb County. I'm okay with this deal falling apart.

If there is no deal on a regional water authority then there is nothing to prevent the City of Detroit to retain ownership of that portion of water system that is within its city limits but sell the suburban portion of it. Such a sale would not only remove the water system's debt from the City's books, it would likely also leave us with more than $1 billion in cash.

The cash from such a sale could then be used to pay down some of the other debt that Detroiters carry - either debt from the City of Detroit itself or from the Detroit Public Schools. Either way, paying down our debts would enable us to lower our property taxes.

And lower property taxes - either as reduction in debt service levied by the City of Detroit or a reduction in what the Detroit Public Schools levy - would be welcome in a city like Detroit which has the highest taxes in Michigan.

If Hackel isn't happy with the regional water deal, that's between him and the people of Macomb County. I simply hope that Mayor Mike Duggan, Councilman Gabe Leland, and the other members of the City Council use this opening as a chance to advance the interests of our residents.

Let the deal fall through, if Hackel continues to object.

Sell the portion of our water system that is in the suburbs to any number of private investors.

Use the proceeds from such a sale to pay down debts - for either the City of Detroit or the Detroit Public Schools.

Once the debt is paid down, lower the debt service levy on Detroiter's property taxes.

The choice is clear. The only question that remains is: what will Detroit's leadership do?