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The "FREE" Project

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Scott Douglas

on 28 July 2014

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Combine Groups (Community and DBE)
Teach DBE by setting up “shell” MDOT contracts
Fix lots with MDOT Specifications and use as a teaching tool
Lots get cleaned, Disadvantaged Business learn and community residents make business contacts for possible jobs.
Leave lots manageable for community
Empower community Organizations

1 to 1 Write off of project
Work can be tax deducted at fair market rate
Average Unit Prices
What if DBE can’t fund the Job?
What are the Partnership Opportunities?

Tax Credit Implications
“Starting a business and attempting to work on MDOT jobs is like jumping from Little League to professional Baseball.”
Jump is often Made too soon
DBE’s end up going bankrupt
Prime contractors lose their schedule and lose money
MDOT pays money in delays and claims
Additional maintenance may be required
Millions are lost in productivity each year
Benefit’s NO ONE

Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)
Needs Assessment

DBE Contractors
Challenge layout Revisited
Look for challenges identified by residents
City lacks capacity to address challenges
Need for large scale equipment to make lots manageable
Partner with companies that have equipment
Use community Assets
Challenge layout

Presentation Timeline
Overall Methodology
Capstone Methodology
Strengths and Opportunities

Gain a safer community with less blight and more economic opportunity.
Cleaner and safer streets
Jobs in Neighborhood open up Job contacts with growing businesses
Increase access to Parks and thru ways to Gratiot
Raised property values
Community Design Leads to Community Ownership
Community Residents
Additional Opportunity

The “FREE” Project
Framework & Resources
Empowering Environments

University of Detroit Mercy
Capstone Project
Joe Gruber
Scott Douglas

Current Physical Conditions
Acknowledge position of Privilege

Look for structural flaws that create or have led to current situations/ challenges

Find a creative solution within structures that exist

Start with something manageable
Social Justice Group Lens
Revisit Capstone group Social Justice theory
Find creative solutions that exist by using existing programs
Find another community who has equipment
Use MDOT Connections to Engage Participation
Disadvantaged Business Community (DBE)
Challenge layout

Framework & Resources Layout
Capstone Team
Community Organizations
Gratiot Splash August 3, 2013

Current MDOT DBE Solution
Offer Job training
Proposed Change:
Hands on experience
New DBE Benefits from change
In Depth Knowledge comes from doing not listening
Second time through a process is easier than the first
Training time can be productive

Training challenge
Program Requirements lead to the Communities in Detroit
Framework & Resources for Empowering Environments (FREE) Project
University of Detroit Mercy: School of Architecture
Master of Community Development Capstone Team: Scott Douglas and Joe Gruber
In Collaboration with the McDougall-Hunt Community residents and organizations and the Michigan Department of Transportation and their Associated Bodies

The intent of the Free Project is to use the “HOPE Model” of Community Development to investigate the McDougall-Hunt Community in South Eastern Detroit in order to develop a sustainable project with our community partner, The Baily Park Project. The intent of the Capstone Team is to tie The Baily Park Project to the resources it needs to place blighted lots it hopes to maintain into a sustainable position so that The Baily Park Project can maintain the lots in the future. Initially, the FREE Project will focus on a small loot in the southern portion of McDougall-Hunt as a pilot project. The affiliated community organizations will sponsor a neighborhood contest for local residents and school children to design the lot. In-turn the children participating in the design contest will benefit from the new lots as they may be used for recreational spaces located near the school. This will be called Future Developers of Detroit and the winner(s) will receive a backpack(s) full of art supplies and books related to development. This may be an educational and interactive opportunity for children while emphasizing the moral and ethical factor that has been missing from Detroit planning and development for a long time. In the process of doing so, the Capstone Team will engage with Michigan Department of Transportation and private contractors in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) community. This is a community of contractors who possess the ability to help The Baily Park Project place local lots in a sustainable position while allowing the contractors in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program to earn valuable working experience and knowledge to better understand their business. With this project it is the hope that the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contractors develop not only the tools needed to work at an effective level, making them competitive at the level equal to State of Michigan work opportunities, but the hope is that the contractors will work with the community and engage new workers from the McDougall- Hunt Community. This project is very involved and has many different players with different goals. The Capstone team will be charged with helping these players gather, understand potential projects and work together to attain their goal of a cleaner, safer, more efficient community. When completed, The Baily Park Project will have a full 501c3 status and the tools needed to maintain the currently blighted lots. As a result of this project both the McDougall-Hunt and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise communities will be empowered to a sustainable future. This project aims to leverage existing assets, utilize existing programs, and encourage community collaboration between existing organizations, all the while creating environments conducive to sustainable and socially equitable human, organizational, physical, and economic development.

Capstone Team
Community Organizations
DBE Contractors
Project Partners
Recap/ Moving Forward
1700’s Ribbon Farms
1857 Annexed by Detroit
1900’s Mostly German, Polish and Italian, Black minority
1910-1911 2nd Branch Library (George S. Hosmer Branch)
1925 Dr. Ossian Sweet and the Sweet Trials
1950's-60's Close knit community; lots of businesses, stores, theatres, entertainment, etc.
Historical Context
Gratiot McDougall Development
Housing Structures
Occupied: 405
Vacant: 127
Vacancy: 23.87%

Map Legend

Viable Commercial corridor along Gratiot Ave. while many vacant storefronts.
Proximal location to Downtown, Eastern Market, and Rivertown.
Several properties listed on the National and Local Historic Register.

Current Economic Conditions
McDougall- Hunt
Research Methodology
Tax credit implications

Typical Development with Historic or Energy Credits

Parks, Art & Rec
Occupied House
Vacant Structure
Vacant Land
Place of Worship
Anchoring Institution
Framework -
Empowering Environments
"Free" Project
Community Partners

Donzetta Jones
Virginia Stanard

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Gloria Albrecht

Additional Advisors:
Cedric Dargin
Charles Cross
Stephen Vogel
Advisory Committee
Capstone Team
Katrina Watkins
Bailey Park Project
Jennifer Hatchett
Gratiot McDougall United
Janice Harvey
Citizen District Council

McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood

Census Tract 5168

Total Population: 1,041 (2010)
1,832 (2000)
-43% change
Current Human Conditions
Current Human Conditions
Realize what we know, accept what we don’t know and attempt to be open to what we don’t know we don’t know

constant curiosity

Citizens District Council

Public Act 344 of 1945
Organized in 1978
Guide and assist Detroit PDD
2nd McDougall Hunt Rehabilitation Plan (2003)

State's Customer Focus
State's direction is Customer satisfaction
Partnering contractors gain tax advantages
DBE contractors gain practical experience
Both contractor Groups have access to community workforce.
Community residents can meet with employers
Community gets to design their own physical space
Future of the "FREE" Project
Union Representatives
Bailey Park Project
City of Detroit: Planning and Development
Blight Authority
Organizational Implications
Community Ownership
Citizen's District Council - leadership
Ross Hill Academy - positive youth development
Interactive Mapping - knowledge
Housing Stock
Vacancy/ CPTED
Pilot Area
Scott Douglas

White-Middle Class Heterosexual Males
Joe Gruber
Social Location
Shaker Heights
Human Rights concentration

Blackman Township
Detroit Mercy Undergrad
Cross Country

Household Decline
"Mcdougall Hunt has one of the stronger CDC's in the City"
Robert Davis (MDOT)
“…this community had everything you needed.” Motown Groups and Smokey Robinson "I Didn’t think he had it.”
Willie Watkins (Resident)
Courtesy of soulwalking.co.uk
Courtesy of panoramio.com
How does this relate to our Social Justice focus?
"This had been an issue for a long time"
Cedric Dargin (MDOT Adviser)
Courtesy of Google Earth
"I still have to pay my people to work"
DBE conference testimony

"I can't use all of the tax write off"
DBE conference testimony

Courtesy of Google.com
Authors' Photo
Courtesy of City of Detroit
Authors' Photos

All Courtesy of Katrina Watkins
Authors' Photos
Authors' Photos
"I've been trying to get this lot cleaned forever"
Katrina Watkins
(Community Adviser)
Courtesy of Katrina Watkins
Courtesy of Charles Cross (Recovery Park/DCDC)
Courtesy of Charles Cross (Recovery Park/DCDC)
Courtesy of Google Earth/ Authors
Courtesy of Google Earth
Authors' Photo
Authors' Photo
Authors' Photo
Courtesy of MDOT
Courtesy of Katrina Watkins
Courtesy of Katrina Watkins
Photo's courtesy of MDOT
Authors' Photo
Courtesy of Charles Cross (Recovery Park/DCDC)
Authors' Photo
Courtesy of michiganexposures.blogspot.com
Courtesy of Katrina Watkins
Courtesy of Google Earth/ Authors
"This community has a predominately elderly population"
Citizens District Council Feedback
Author's Photo
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