Back in 2017, Mayor Mike Duggan announced that Detroit would be the first city in the entire country to completely rebuild a struggling neighborhood. The goal for the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project is to transform this targeted area by addressing every publicly owned vacant lot and house. By removing blighted structures, beautifying vacant lots and creating homes for new residents, this will contribute to the stabilization of Detroit altogether by increasing property values and improving the quality of life. With assistance from developers and funders, 115 homes and 200 vacant lots are called to be renovated and cleared, a park and greenway to be built, and parts of a nearby commercial strip to be redeveloped. Projected costs are $12 to $15 million.
This plan was set to be finished by fall of 2019 but the city has experienced some pushback. Because of unrealistic expectations of completion within the timeline, miscommunication between the city and developers, and a decrease in funding by almost $300,000 due to project delays, this has lead to a new project completion date of December 2020.