The DEGC, The Villages, West Village Manor Apartments and the Parkstone Apartments
("requesting organizations") are partnering to launch a retail program in West Village on Agnes
St. between Van Dyke and Parker. These requesting organizations are soliciting proposals from
entrepreneurs and existing businesses to create unique full-time and pop-up retail establishments
that are an asset to the community. The retail program leverages grant funds and building owner
investment to create move-in ready space tentatively planned for occupancy between late fall and
This project is the first phase of a larger retail initiative for The Villages. It will also serve as the
"pilot" for a new neighborhood pop-up program currently in development at the DEGC. The popup
program's goal is to attract stable, long-term businesses to the city and to build interest within
Detroit's neighborhoods. Temporary pop-up retail and art installations will provide opportunities
for retailers, restaurants and local artists to generate consumer interest and to increase
commercial viability for small business, building owners and neighborhoods.
The Villages retailers and partners will play an integral role in the program's development and will
be the first to benefit from the creation of innovative marketing and engagement strategies, real
estate match making services, and the suite of implementation resources that will be made
available. The DEGC's larger goal is to use this project as a template that can be successfully
implemented across Detroit's neighborhoods.
All proposals should be delivered via email in PDF format to Business Development Manager Michael Forsyth firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10:00 AM on September 10, 2012. Please use the subject line "West Village retail proposal ? Your Business Name"