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Be Part of Eight Mile’s Newest Coasting the Baseline Obelisk, Coming to Southfield this Summer

May 19, 2014 2:28 PM | Deleted user

2012 Clean Up of Farmington's "Coasting the Baseline" made possible with the assistance of 8MBA, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and artist David Barr.

The City of Southfield is close to installing Eight Mile’s fourth Coasting the Baseline Obelisk! To-date, approximately $28K has been raised from partners on Eight Mile, in Southfield and throughout the region to support the installation of the obelisk as part of a new plaza being constructed at the corner of Eight Mile and Rutland in Southfield.

The project, supported entirely through donations, will add to a collection of obelisks along Eight Mile in Novi, Northville and Farmington Hills. Designed by Michigan native and world-renowned sculptor David Barr, the obelisks include engraved references to early surveying methods used throughout America, Eight Mile’s role as the first line on the first map of Michigan and elements of local history for communities along Eight Mile Road.


Conceptual drawing of Eight Mile and Rutland site for the Coasting the Baseline - Southfield obelisk and plaza

With an expected installation this August, the City of Southfield is inviting businesses, community groups and others connected to Eight Mile Road to be part of the project.

Tax-deductible donation opportunities are still available. For a nominal fee, you can have your name, company or organization etched in stone as part of Southfield’s rich history.


For more information or to make a donation, contact:

  • Southfield City Councilmen Kenson Siver, Donald Fracassi or Jeremy Moss (248-796-5150)
  • Southfield City Planner Terry Croad (248-796-4154) or tcroad@cityofsouthfield.com.


8MBA is pleased to support Southfield in their efforts to advance the Coasting the Baseline Program. 

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