ROSSETTI donated full design services to create a new home for the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. The program develops good citizenship in urban youth through a demanding boxing program, strong academic support and a connection to the community through voluntary service. ROSSETTI’s involvement arose as the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) began looking for a new space to accommodate future growth and expanded programming. With 65 students enrolled, and a waiting list of 320, the old gym was overcrowded. ROSSETTI repurposed a 30,000 square foot book binding plant into a functional and inspiring community asset. Aligning with the organization’s mission, the facility functions first and foremost as an academic and civic structure, with athletics as a secondary component.

The facility creates a safe and productive space for Detroit kids from all neighborhoods and engages their families to become partners in their coaching and community. DBG has been able to develop strategic partnerships with other neighborhood businesses, organizations, and individuals, thus improving the quality of life for people who reside in the neighborhood.


Detroit, Michigan




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