The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiative seeks to capitalize on the new John D. Dingell Transit Center’s ability to draw more visitors, businesses and residents to Dearborn’s west downtown.
The train station opened to the public Dec. 15, 2014.
Through a grant awarded the city from MIPlace Partnership, planners from Michigan State University and experts from the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority are assisting city staff and stakeholders with creating a vision for the neighborhoods, parkland and business area near the train station.
Public sessions were held in 2012 and 2013 allowed residents and other stakeholders to generate ideas about how they would like the area to be developed. Suggestions focused on creating green space, fostering community involvement and honoring Dearborn’s rich heritage.
Although the conceptual designs are not binding, the exercise will help to focus the City’s efforts when considering future development.
A final presentation of the TOD plans took place in June 2014.