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Greektown Neighborhood Vision Plan

Greektown, a historic district in downtown Detroit, is on the rise after decades of decline. Originally settled as a residential neighborhood in the 1830s, its Greek immigrant community established a neighborhood  centered around a church, restaurants, coffeehouses and shops at the turn of the century. As the composition of the population shifted, established Greek-owned shops and restaurants were sandwiched with new commercial tenants and a dwindling residential mix. 

Today, there are no full-time residents living in Greektown, and about half of the neighborhood’s 50 acres are filled with surface parking and vacant lots. While locals and tourists still visit the neighborhood for dining and nightlife, its authentic Greek cultural offerings have waned significantly. 

The Neighborhood Vision Plan seeks to return Greektown into a vibrant mixed-use district, with a rhythm of cultural, commercial and residential uses that are linked by a focus on streetlife.  OJB’s framework plan incorporates complete streetscapes with signage, catenary lighting, seating, and trees, and urban open spaces that create highly programmable opportunities for the district. Vacant corner lots are activated by sports courts, fountains, lawns/parks, and playgrounds, which are interactive spaces for markets, concerts, fitness, and pop-ups. The Vision Plan honors the Greek culture symbolically in color and pattern throughout the district, while at the same time responds to feedback from its many stakeholders.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location: Detroit, MI
Team: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, HR&A, Sam Schwartz Engineering, McIntosh Poris Associates, Kraemer Design Group

 

Greektown Neighborhood Vision Plan

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Greektown Neighborhood Vision Plan

Greektown Neighborhood Vision Plan

Greektown, a historic district in downtown Detroit, is on the rise after decades of decline. Originally settled as a residential neighborhood in the 1830s, its Greek immigrant community established a neighborhood  centered around a church, restaurants, coffeehouses and shops at the turn of the century. As the composition of the population shifted, established Greek-owned shops and restaurants were sandwiched with new commercial tenants and a dwindling residential mix. 

Today, there are no full-time residents living in Greektown, and about half of the neighborhood’s 50 acres are filled with surface parking and vacant lots. While locals and tourists still visit the neighborhood for dining and nightlife, its authentic Greek cultural offerings have waned significantly. 

The Neighborhood Vision Plan seeks to return Greektown into a vibrant mixed-use district, with a rhythm of cultural, commercial and residential uses that are linked by a focus on streetlife.  OJB’s framework plan incorporates complete streetscapes with signage, catenary lighting, seating, and trees, and urban open spaces that create highly programmable opportunities for the district. Vacant corner lots are activated by sports courts, fountains, lawns/parks, and playgrounds, which are interactive spaces for markets, concerts, fitness, and pop-ups. The Vision Plan honors the Greek culture symbolically in color and pattern throughout the district, while at the same time responds to feedback from its many stakeholders.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location: Detroit, MI
Team: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, HR&A, Sam Schwartz Engineering, McIntosh Poris Associates, Kraemer Design Group