Detroit’s Lee Plaza gets new lease on life, will be renovated for senior affordable housing
It has long stood as an iconic symbol of Detroit’s decline, the old Lee Plaza Hotel on West Grand Boulevard has sat vacant for decades, but that’s soon going to change. This is the towering Lee Plaza; it’s been abandoned and ransacked for 25. Now it is getting a new lease on life.
Family, friends pray for justice for 6-year-old boy killed in Warren double murder
DETROIT – On a day when there’s a new development in the search for his killer, a vigil was held to remember Tai’raz Moore. The 6-year-old boy was shot execution style in the basement of a Warren home. A song of inspiration filled the Erma Henderson Park in Detroit as about 200 family and friends gathered Friday night to celebrate Tai’raz’s life. “It’s time for us to stand up and protect our babies,” said a friend of the family. Many people in Metro Detroit said the news of Tai’raz, his father and Rimson’s murders were sickening.
Elected officials call for independent investigation into Detroit polices use of force against protestors
DETROIT Elected officials from the federal, state and local level sent a letter Wednesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) calling for an independent investigation into use of force by Detroit police against protesters. The letter was signed by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Sen. Stephanie Chang, Detroit City Council President Pro Temp Mary Sheffield (District 5) and City Councilor Raquel Castaeda-Lpez (District 6). In addition to a duty to intervene when other officers are using excessive force, officers cannot use chokeholds or fire a weapon from moving vehicles. A lawsuit was filed by Detroit Will Breathe and 14 individuals, seeking a temporary restraining order enjoining the city of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department from using certain tactics. They alleged that police responded to protests with excessive force and violated their first and fourth amendment rights.
Black business owners in Detroit on the importance of community support
DETROIT In the past few weeks weve heard a lot of talk about supporting Black-owned businesses especially during the month of August. Local 4s Evrod Cassimy sat down with several Black businesses owners and they explained why its so important now more than ever. In the Black community often times I think we dont really push entrepreneurship the way that we should, said Detroit District 5 Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. Mary Sheffield is an advocate for supporting Black owned businesses. These business owners believe in supporting Black-owned business so much theyre even putting their money where their mouth is.
Occupy the Corner Detroit 2020 voting campaign kicks off Friday
DETROIT A Detroit City Councilman is gearing up for a big voting campaign. Its called Occupy the Corner Detroit 2020. This years campaign will focus on voting and social justice. We have Detroit native Jalen Rose, Loni Love, we have Hill Harper, one of my favorites CNN commentator Angela Rye, Angela Yee said Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield with Detroit City Council. Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield is bringing some heavy hitters to Detroit Friday night for the Occupy the Corner Detroit 2020.
LIVE STREAM: Rally for justice in police killings held in Detroit
DETROIT Detroit leaders and artists will hold a rally and protest on Monday afternoon to call for justice in the recent police killings of black Americans. The rally is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. -- watch live in the video player above. Who: City Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield, Iconic Detroiters Royce Da 59, Trick Trick, New Era Detroit, K-Deezy, Icewear Vezzo, Ray Winans, Horatio Williams, Jessica Care Moore, and Community Activists Rev. Where: Detroit Association of Black Organizations, located at 12048 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204. Why: To join the call for justice in the recent cases of racially motivated murders of African Americans around the Nation and to direct the resulting pain and protests toward progress and away from destruction.
Water Shutoffs In Detroit: Council Member To Ask Governor To Declare Health Crisis
Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield is drafting a resolution asking for the Governors help to protect low-income families from suspended water service. I still hear stories all the time of people who cant afford to pay their water bills and water shut-offs are still happening in our city, said Sheffield. Without water service interruptions for non-payment as a collection tool, in time the average monthly bill could go from $75 per household, on average, to more than $300, said Brown. There are plans and assistance programs in place to help individuals avoid water shut-offs but what Ive seen over the last couple of years, is that its just not enough, said Sheffield. Right now Governor Gretchen Whitmers office is withholding comment on the resolution until it arrives on the Governors desk.detroit.cbslocal.com
Woodward and Jefferson may finally open up again after City Council rejects Spirit of Detroit Plaza renewal
click to enlarge Tom PerkinsA "road closed" sign on Jefferson near Woodward, the site of the Spirit of Detroit Plaza. Council president pro tem Mary Sheffield told thethat she voted against the plan because it called for the removal of the median, something she wasn't prepared to agree to without a longer-term study. "I like it, I enjoy it," she said. "Im just not sold on it being a permanent place here in the city of Detroit. "Council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez was among those whod been in favor of keeping the plaza.metrotimes.com
Spirit Plaza may close by November after City Council vote fails
In a vote on Tuesday, Detroit City Council failed to pass a proposal that would have extended the time period for a downtown gathering space. The Detroit News reports that the city of Detroit was seeking a five-year extension for the Woodward Avenue closure between Larned Street and Jefferson Avenue that allowed for the pedestrian-only Spirit of Detroit Plaza.But in a 4-4 vote, City Council failed to reach a majority. The News also spoke with Brad Dick, a city group executive for services and infrastructure with the city, who said that studies have concluded that the plaza doesnt have a significant impact on traffic downtown.If the vote isnt reconsidered or brought before the City Council again, the plaza will be closed by November. The colorfully-decorated Spirit Plaza has been open since June 2017 and connected the esplanade down the center of Woodward Avenue to Campus Martius. Its used as a place for people to eat, congregate, play games, and as a gathering spot for various events.detroit.curbed.com