Join the Cities of Detroit and Ferndale as we host a virtual community meeting to discuss the Woodward and 8 Mile underpass/intersection. We'll tell you about the work we've been doing to address challenges and concerns at the area, concepts for improvements planned going forward, and answer questions.
Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 991 4767 2698
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The presentation for the meeting can be found here.
The City of Ferndale has partnered with the City of Detroit, working through the 8 Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), to develop a multifaceted public space improvement and human services project at the intersection of 8 Mile Rd. and Woodward Ave.
Residents near the 8 Mile/Woodward area have, for some time now, expressed concern and frustration about the conditions of the intersection. Teams from both cities have attempted to address these conditions, as well as the challenges faced by the individuals who rely on the intersection for shelter and/or a source of income via panhandling. These efforts have been unable to achieve more than short-term cleanups, nor have they succeeded in addressing the issues of persistent homelessness and panhandling.
A comprehensive improvement plan for a project like 8 Mile and Woodward takes extensive planning and research; while it may have seemed static, the Cities of Ferndale and Detroit have been working with partner agencies to address the intersection's challenges since 2018.
Beginning in February of 2018, the Cities of Detroit and Ferndale, along with MDOT and several nonprofit organizations (8MBA, Southwest Housing Solutions, Community Housing Network, and South Oakland Shelter), engaged in a pilot program to address concerns regarding homelessness and blight at 8 Mile and Woodward. The group engaged in concentrated efforts around cleanliness and safety, human services, and outreach and engagement. Of note:
Using what the teams have learned during our involvements since 2018, the Cities of Detroit and Ferndale are moving forward with a plan to install physical improvements at the 8 Mile and Woodward intersection, and improve health and human services outcomes for the people who reside there. The proposed activities provide an opportunity to build on past work and formally establish an artistic, lighted “front door” welcome to the Cities of Detroit and Ferndale, creating a safe and welcoming environment for pedestrians and vehicles.
For more information, please contact Ferndale Director of Community and Economic Development Jordan Twardy.