The first phase of the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project kicked off last month with a groundbreaking ceremony, yet one more indication of the vitality of the historic “Avenue of Fashion.” The project will include pedestrian-oriented median improvements, sidewalk enhancements and new landscaping on Livernois Avenue from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile Road. It’s expected to be completed in November.
“Livernois Avenue is the ‘gateway’ to the McNichols campus of University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and a major thoroughfare for many northwest Detroit residents and businesses,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of UDM. “Enhancing the Livernois streetscape and landscape from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile will make a strong impression on potential residents and business owners, as well as prospective UDM students and their families.”
Isaiah McKinnon, deputy mayor of Detroit, said, “Just like many of the neighborhoods it connects, this stretch of Livernois is being revitalized, thanks to the great partnership between our community organizations, major institutions, nonprofits, local businesses and the city. When it is completed, this streetscape project will return Livernois to the kind of walkable shopping district that supports nearby neighborhoods and draws visitors from across Detroit and surrounding communities.”
The $1.3 million project was funded by MDOT, the City of Detroit, DEGC, The Kresge Foundation and UDM. WH Canon Company, a landscape construction firm, is the project contractor for Phase I.
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