Neighbors in eight areas about to see a makeover thanks to a $30,000 grant.
GM and the Detroit Regional Chamber awarded the Neighbor-Hub grant to help fix up Eden Gardens Block Club on Glenfield Street on Detroit’s east side.
Officials say more than 100 people applied for the grant. Now Eden Gardens Block Club is working to make it into a unique spot blending old and new, including chess tables and outdoor cardio walkers alongside playscapes.
The blueprint was put together by Karen Knox and Polly Jones.
“All that’s happening downtown is great,” Knox said. “But we are still here in the community among the blight, among the burnt out houses. So it is us that has to work hard to rebuild this neighborhood to make it a place where we are welcoming other people to come in and rebuild. Downtown is great to come out here.”
Volunteers from Hastings drove down to help make this happen.
“The need here it’s just incredible. Just seeing that there’s so much need and it just motivated us to want to come down and help,” said Jenny Stoetzel.
Other recipients include Motown Museum, Detroit Phoenix Center, and the Detroit Theater Organ Society and five others.
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