Our Neighborhood Preservation Team was formed in 2009 when the Bagley Housing Association (BHA) became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Housing Solutions, creating a stronger and more broad-based community development entity to advance the revitalization of southwest Detroit.
BHA began in 1996 with a mission to provide leadership and resources to improve the housing stock for low to moderate-income families within the Hubbard-Richard and Hubbard Farms districts of southwest Detroit. Over the next 13 years, BHA invested more than $53 million to revitalize the Hubbard-Richard and Hubbard Farms districts by constructing and renovating single-family homes, building affordable housing, securing funding for infrastructure improvements and housing rehabilitation, developing community parks and gardens, and promoting the arts and neighborhood beautification.
Our Neighborhood Preservation Team (NPT) continues the mission of BHA and broadens its scope.
The specific goals of the NPT are to:
Improve housing stock for low to moderate-income families
Attract commercial development
Stimulate institutional improvement and development
Promote job creation
Help mobilize residents to build community
Address other needs for a sustainable neighborhood
The NPT has a strong community organizing emphasis. It works with block clubs, residents, businesses and organizations in the neighborhood to address issues of public safety, abandoned homes, environmental issues, community health, and government services.
The NPT works to help formulate and facilitate community redevelopment plans. This work is driven by data and active community involvement and consensus. The NPT surveys residents and properties in the community to gather detailed data about the housing stock, vacant and foreclosed properties, home repair needs, infrastructure conditions, and quality of life issues and opportunities.
The NPT is now involved in a major community development initiative called “Mexicantown: Vernor/Bagley Vista" or "Vista," for short. The plan envisions developing the Mexicantown and Mercado areas into a vibrant, multifaceted 20-block locale. Vista also proposes innovative ways of linking the locale to Corktown and the West Riverfront. Neglected assets would be transformed into unique opportunities for art, recreation, commercial development and green technologies. Read more about the Vista plan.
For more information about the Neighborhood Preservation Team, contact Dan Loacano, Program Manager, at 313.297.1347 or email him.