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Duggan announces plan to improve small businesses in city neighborhoods

Jun 14, 2017

Much of the new development in Detroit has not happened in the city’s neighborhoods.

But now Mayor Mike Duggan wants to invest in small businesses throughout the city.

Duggan announced the Motor City Re-store plan that will help improve the aesthetics of different commercial corridors in the city.

Duggan says small businesses can apply for up to $500,000 in matching grants each quarter.

“And what we want is the businesses who have been here to come forward with their ideas for improving their neighborhoods and we’ll match it,” Duggan said.

One of the commercial corridors Duggan says he was to use Motor City Re-store to improve. Still image of Vernor near Junction in Detroit.
Credit Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

This program is modeled after an existing city program, Motor City Match, which is nearly identical to Motor City Re-store, except it’s aimed at start up companies.

Duggan says this initiative will work alongside other projects centered around building community, such as the Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

“Well everything we’re doing right now is driving development in neighborhoods,” he said.

Duggan says these grants will help pay for exterior improvements like landscaping and parking lots.

One of the commercial corridors Duggan plans to use Motor City Re-store to improve. Still image of West Warren near the Southfield Freeway in Detroit
Credit Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Up to 20 grants are expected to be awarded every three months.

Businesses can begin applying for the program Thursday, June 15.