Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Redeveloping Kosciusko: The Vision

The Detroit Community Design Center and the City of Detroit's Historic Designation Advisory Board convened the first of four community meetings that are designed to solicit community input regarding the potential redevelopment of Kosciusko Elementary (20220 Tireman St.), which has been shuttered for years now.

This meeting began with Janese Chapman and Deborah Goldstein of the Historic Designation Advisory Board started the evening by giving people an overview of what historic preservation is, why it's important and how it fits into the overall mission of community revitalization. One can get much more from reviewing this page from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's web site than I could replicate, so I'll simply invite anyone who isn't familiar to visit their site here.

Ms. Chapman and Ms. Goldstein also explained that there are 110 current and former Detroit public school buildings that have been found to be historically significant. Their office is current preparing the paperwork to have each of these buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

These applications will be presented to the Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board at their January, which reviews and approves them.

Once that was completed, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins of the Design Center took the audience of more than a dozen residents through a series of three exercises to help everyone identify and describe elements that help and/or hinder the area's improvement and growth.

The next step will be to discuss various options for the Kosciusko building and chose the one most relevant to the residents vision for our area. This, of course, will happen at our next meeting on Monday, August 24 at 6 p.m. in Don Bosco Hall (19321 W. Chicago).

Everyone who has an interest in the Warrendale neighborhood is invited to attend this next meeting, even if you were not able to attend the first one.
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