Detroit Development News
February 3, 2009
The Villages charrette to focus on connectivity,
economic development and sustainability
The Villages Community Development Corp. is holding a
three-day charrette, or planning session,
Feb. 6-8 in order to better determine its future development goals.
Students and professors from Lawrence
Technological University's School of Architecture, the University of
Detroit Mercy School
of Architecture and the University of Michigan
Taubman School of Architecture and Planning will participate, joined by local professionals.
The Villages is comprised of several neighborhoods: Indian Village, West Village, East Village, Islandview,
the Gold Coast, and the Berry Subdivision. Their individuality is important, says Sheu-Jane Gallagher,
a Villages CDC board member and chair of its charrette committee, yet improving their connectivity
is one of the session's primary goals. The
charrette participants will be asked to look at greenways, intersection
improvements, bike lanes and streetscape improvements.
will also look at economic development. "We are sorely lacking in
retail," says Gallagher.
The charrette will examine ways to attract
shops, restaurants and the like to the community.
issue of overall sustainability will be examined. The participants will
be encouraged to take the
"triple bottom line" spproach to
sustainability, meaning economic, social and environmental concerns are
A Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan grant of $35,000
supports the charrette. A final presentation will be given
to the Villages CDC board and
guests on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Gleaners Community Food Bank.
Source: Sheu-Jane Gallagher, The Villages CDC
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh