We are currently working with the Delray Neighborhood on behalf of the City of Detroit to guide change in an area that has seen decades of decline and transition into industrial uses. The framework plan seeks to balance the opportunities associated with attracting new industrial and logistics development while supporting the existing residential neighborhoods.
The construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) within the Delray planning area will most likely increase the presence of industrial and truck traffic in the neighborhood. The concentration of publicly-owned vacant land throughout the planning area presents potential development opportunities as well as opportunities for landscape buffering to better integrate differing uses. Given the environmental impacts of existing industrial uses in the area, and the sound pollution from truck traffic, identifying and codifying buffering opportunities is a critical component to the planning study. Community engagement is also an important piece to the project. Teaming with Interface Studio, we were challenged to mitigate the communication impacts of the COVID-19 crisis combined with Detroit's digital divide, to reach as many citizens as possible using new tools and methods, such as an engagement kit, delivered to every door, and a movie night to meet the planning team. During the 10-month work, ROSSETTI is coordinating with a team of multidisciplinary sub-consultant teams to:
- Develop an economic development proposal, land assemblage strategy, implementation plan, and financing strategies for the development of an industrial, logistic, and flexible office use corridor;
- Identify traffic (truck, non-truck) patterns including transportation and parking strategies to support future uses with minimal disturbance to existing residence and businesses;
- Perform an open space and landscape buffering assessment and identify other infrastructure improvements that advance the economic and ecological performance (streetscapes, storm water management), with design.