Today there was another pubic meeting of the Brush Park Community Development Corporation (CDC). The CDC is an advisory organization established to provide citizen participation in planning and development issues for the neighborhood of Brush Park. CDC Board Meetings are generally held on the Second Tuesday of each Month from 5:30-6:30pm at the MSU Center located at Woodward and Erskine (3408 Woodward, Detroit MI 48201). We attended at the first meeting on April 11th and our contact M. (a member of the association’s board) invited us to attend at the event also today.
Today’s meeting was the first of a series of community encounters for discuss about the City of Detroit’s form based code initiative focused on the development of the area. At the meeting were present Maurice Cox and some members of his staff responsables for the area, delegates of Utile, an architecture and planning firm from Boston, and Hamilton-Anderson, a Detroit based multi-disciplinary firm.
The new code is intended to regulate land development, ensuring hight-quality public open spaces defined by a variety of building types and uses, including housing, retail, and office space. This new form-based code will incorporate a regulating plan, building form standards, street standards (plan and section), use regulations (as needed), descriptive building or lot types, and other elements needed to implement the principles of functional and vital urbanism and practical management of growth. Today’s meeting was an introduction into planning and open space concepts that will help to etablish the scale and caracter for Brush Park neighborhood and this eventual Form-Based Code mentioned above.
Mona Ross-Gardner, one of the members of the board, introduce us to the audience and, since we attended at the first meeting, reminded to compleate our survey to those who do haven’t yet done. Thank you Mrs. Ross-Gardner!
After a presentation of the project and a discussion on what is a Form-Based Code and the zoning concept, were asked at the audience an opinion about the project and also were asked to compleate a little survey. Followed a very active discussion about some controversies of the project and someone expressed his doubts about some housing types proposed. In particular some partecipants was not agreed with the fact that non of the housing types proposed was a single famity house and that in the ptoject there was too much density and not enough green areas.
Today we learned a lot speaking of what are the City of Detroit and PDD’s development strategies for Detroit and that changes are always difficults for inhabitants.
PDD – Brush Park
Brush Park CDC
After the meeting we met a couple that live in Brush Park that we met at the previous CDC meeting and with which we was in contact. They have in project to build a new house in Brush Park and they show us drawings and plans. We also talked a little about Detroit, new changes, City’s issues and american stylelife in general. We took a coffee togheter and we planned to meet soon!
Our day ended with an hamburger at Slow Bar BQ, “Special Pourpose“. Very good!