A Redevelopment Plan To Make A Difference.

From Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton.

Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton has written a community economic and vitality redevelopment plan for the City of Dearborn Heights. Items include Redevelopment Ready Community certification and preparedness, one-stop shop business start-up tools, redevelopment of business corridors, neighborhood stabilization, developing partnerships with non-profits, businesses, school districts, neighborhood associations, residents, and local government.

In addition, the State of Michigan Legislature passed several bills in 2013/ 2014 to help local municipalities fight blight and hold property owners accountable. Other bills passed are designed to fix weaknesses in the current blight enforcement process and streamline the lien process to ensure judgments are paid, plus streamline procedures to garnish wages from people who don’t pay blight fines.

Cities also could decide against issuing zoning approvals or building permits to anyone with blight violations under the legislation. Another great idea to consider- community gardens. Community The City Beautiful Commission discussed this subject in 2010. Great idea for a non-profit, neighborhood associations, or a group of residents. The City of Dearborn Heights could donate a city-owned lot for use- would save on maintenance of a vacant lot. What are your thoughts?

#madidh #makeadifference

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3 thoughts on “A Redevelopment Plan To Make A Difference.”

  1. Kids in Dearborn Heights attend one of six different school districts, not four. Only two, Crestwood and Dearborn Heights #7 are located entirely within the boundaries of the city. The other school districts are Dearborn, Taylor, Westwood and Wayne-Westland. The boundaries for school districts do not necessarily coincide with city boundaries. Cities are not in control of the school districts; there are elected school boards who are. Even if cities merged (which I don’t think is very likely with Dearborn and Dearborn Heights), it is not a given that all residents would be eligible to attend Dearborn schools. It would mean that other school districts would have to agree to alter their boundaries. Since funding is tied to the number of students in the district, that could be a problem.

    Also, Dearborn has a tax for HFCC and additional school-related taxes which would be passed on in the form of higher property taxes. In general, Dearborn property taxes are higher than Dearborn Heights due to higher millage rates. Even in Dearborn Heights, a $100,000 home in the Dearborn school district will pay higher property taxes than a $100,000 home in the Crestwood school district, all other factors being equal.
    Merging cities is considerably more difficult than combining services, such as IT or fire departments.

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  2. Lee Jacobsen, There are what so called “Dearborn South”, “Dearborn East” and “Dearborn West”, Your option for a “Dearborn Heights” may be visible and economically violable for both cities. A study will be very helpful, and may prove to be a very good saving for taxpayers in both cities. Schools in Dearborn Heights are divided to 4 different district, consolidation to one district under Dearborn school district will be a great idea also, all kids “if that happened” will enjoy residents rate for Henry Ford College and save few dollars to be used for kids education not duplicating administrative operational staff cost.
    Thank you Lee.

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