Chicago-based SOM’s plans for the redevelopment of the East Riverfront in Detroit, Michigan have been unveiled. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and City of Detroit Planning and Development Department will work together to deliver SOM’s plan to revitalize the former blighted industrial area. The framework plan involves improving community access to the riverfront, the design of a new riverfront parkland, and the conversion of a historic riverfront structure into a mixed-use development. The framework plan sets out a vision of a ‘riverfront for all’, using inclusive, accessible principles to effect positive urban and economic change. A significant portion of land along the Detroit River will remain free from development, and will instead be dedicated to parks and open green space for the public. Former private developments will also be transformed into public parks, creating almost eight acres of open public space across the East Riverfront.
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