Campau / Davison / Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan

A new neighborhood framework plan for one of Detroit’s most diverse neighborhoods

2018-2019

City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (PDD)

Detroit, MI


Project Team:

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, Andrew Wald, Katherine Isidro, Odili Onochie, Chau Tran, Brian Mourato


Liza Bielby

SmithGroup

BJH Advisors

Interboro was the lead planning consultant for the Campau/Davison/Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan in Detroit. This project has won a 2020 AIA Award for Regional & Urban Planning, 2020 APA National Planning Achievement Gold Award, a 2019 LISC Detroit Community Development Award (Community Strategy of the Year), and was included at the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


The planning area, located just north of the Detroit-Hamtramck city line, includes large swaths of vacant land and structures, including challenging sites like an 80,000 square foot City-owned vacant school. However, the area is also one of the most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods in the city. It is home to long-established African American and Polish communities, as well as more recently arrived Bangladeshi and Yemeni immigrants. The area boasts a bustling commercial corridor, desirable residential neighborhoods, and growing communities of artists, urban farmers, and entrepreneurs. 


The Campau/Davison/Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan is a broad community-driven vision that includes both near-term and long-term strategies for enhancing streetscapes and connectivity; open space and community nodes; and housing, rehabilitation, and economic development. The plan synthesizes these three main topics into a single, holistic framework, and recommends specific projects and improvements that can be implemented in the near-term, including streetscape enhancements, park improvements, vacant home and lot strategies, and development scenarios for the vacant school and other commercial structures. 


Throughout this project, Interboro’s approach has been to: 

  • Listen to community members and stakeholders at every step

  • Learn from past planning efforts and today’s realities

  • Envision the future we want to see

  • Develop innovative projects to bring our vision to reality

  • Implement those projects in the near term 


Interboro’s work has been based on the core belief that meaningful community engagement leads to a shared vision. Throughout this project, we have used strong communication and innovative engagement methods to maintain a continuous feedback loop that includes the City, the planning team, and the community. 

Neighborhood Framework Plan

The neighborhood framework plan addresses three main challenges: streetscapes & connectivity, open space, and housing & economic development.


Streetscapes & Connectivity

This planning area has many assets within easy walking or biking distance, including Jayne Field and Lasky Rec Center, Knapp Library, several schools, and many local businesses. We want to make it easy and comfortable for everyone to walk, bike, ride transit, and drive in this community.


Open Space

Open space can be an important community asset. Jayne Field and Lasky Rec Center are treasures and we want to make them even better - they should be more accessible and with the amenities that residents want. And there are many unused vacant lots in residential neighborhoods that should be cleaned up to serve the community.


Housing & Economic Development

This area has a vibrant commercial corridor and strong residential neighborhoods that we want to reinforce. We also need to stabilize neighborhoods that have many vacant houses and lots, and make sure that Land Bank properties go into the hands of residents. Finally, there are some prominent vacant buildings which can be redeveloped into new businesses and community hubs.

Existing Neighborhood Plan

Neighborhood Framework Plan

Meade Cut Through

13000 Dequindre

Jayne Field West Improvements

Davison School Yard & Drop Off

East Davison Village Community Space - Winter

East Davison Village Community Space - Spring

Bundled Lots Pilot Program

The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) owns 713 vacant properties in East Davison Village, most of which are vacant lots, but but there are many vacant homes, too.


We've developed a program that builds on existing city programs to transfer these vacant lots and homes to residents, stewards, future residents, and the community. 

Aerial view of bundled lots pilot program in East Davison Village

The green areas are properties owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA).

Some DLBA lots should be reserved for special projects like new open space projects. The dark green areas on the map show large groupings of vacant lots that could be fit for new community nodes.

In Detroit, qualifying homeowners can by vacant DLBA lots that are next to their home. The areas in yellow show the possible side lots in East Davison Village.

East Davison Village residents care a lot! Some residents have been taking care of vacant land in their neighborhood - even land that is owned by DLBA. If a resident has been using and caring for vacant land, they should have a chance to buy it before it's made available to others. The dark yellow areas show some stewarded land that could qualify.

Sometimes, DLBA owned homes and lots are clustered together. Some people will be interested in buying these properties as a bundle - they can live in the house and do something productive with the land. The areas in orange show possible home+lot bundles.

Planning