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  • September 30, 2014 3:56 PM | Deleted user

    Oak Park City Officials, 8MBA Staff and Trerice Employees Celebrate Trerice's Investment

    The 8MBA Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is ready to finish 2014 in a flurry of activity, with one project completed and two more to go. Our three current projects, supported with just $25K in grants from 8MBA, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and MSHDA, represent well over $1M in private investment on Eight Mile. On September 24, we celebrated the completion of H.O. Trerice in Oak Park (a $100K project), and look forward to the completion of Advantage Health Center in Warren ($1M+ Project) and the start of construction for U.S. Ice in Detroit ($500K+ Project).

    H.O. Trerice (Oak Park, MI): $10K FIP Grant, Over $100K of Private Investment

    H.O. Trerice just recently completed a $100,000 restoration of their building that focused on restoring the building to its 1940s industrial grandeur. Renovations included: stripping and repainting all metal awnings; installing and repairing windows throughout the property to maintain a period look; a new front door and overhang; limestone restoration; and a spectacular new monument sign. Trerice also completely overhauled parking and landscaping areas with new parking surface, fencing and brand new trees and perennial plantings throughout the property. Project completion was celebrated with an official check presentation, attended by 8MBA staff and Chairperson Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, Trerice’s Jim Mackie and Dave Furgerson, Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan, Oak Park Economic Development Director Kimberly Marrone, and Tom Woiwode of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

    Advantage Health Center (Warren, MI):  $5K FIP Grant, Over $1M of Private Investment

    Advantage Health Centers' first location outside of Detroit is up and running with only final touches remaining before their facade improvement project is completed.  A complete overhaul of the building, with new storefront systems, landscaping, signage and substantial interior build-out represented a major investment in this Eight Mile property that formerly belonged to the H.J. Oldenkamp Company.

    US ICE (Detroit, MI):  $10K FIP Grant, Approximately $500K of Private Investment

    After significant collaboration between the property owner and the City of Detroit, U.S. Ice has been successfully rezoned and has received necessary approvals from the City of Detroit to begin construction on a brand new building next to their existing structure on Eight Mile, which has been the U.S. Ice headquarters for more than 20 years.  U.S. Ice's tremendous business growth left the company faced with the choice of expanding the current site or leaving Detroit.  8MBA was able to partner with property owner and longtime 8MBA member Saad Abbo to support the design, rezoning and construction approval processes to allow this intense, $500k project to occur on Eight Mile and keep this Detroit icon in the Motor City.  The new building will be unified with the existing structure by a common facade, which will make the property appear as one structure.  Additional improvements will include irrigated landscaping, new signage and even improvements to the parking lot across the street, which will trade its current barbed wire fence for a brand new masonry knee wall and landscaping.

  • September 30, 2014 3:39 PM | Deleted user

    O’Hair Park, one of Detroit’s largest, recently received some much-needed attention from 50+ volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS). This past spring, Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) reached out to the O’Hair Park Community Association (OPCA) about coordinating a cleanup project for this space. 8MBA being the regional bridge that it is, immediately put the wheels in motion of coordinating the efforts of urban and suburban groups - working together for transformational change along the Eight Mile corridor.

    Along with MBFS, volunteers from Motor City Grounds Crew, Corpus Christie Church, and countless local neighbors gave of their time (and tools!) to clear the wilderness that had grown up around the vacant Pitcher School and reveal its remarkable architecture. In Pitcher Woods we removed two derelict vehicles and lay a path of woodchips to return this small urban forest into a walkable place of respite. After hours of hard work, the groups mingled and shared stories over lunch provided by MBFS before grabbing their tools and heading back to the work sites. Finally, MBFS Vice President Udo Neumann provided some eloquent thank you remarks to all the volunteers at the end of the day.

    Many thanks go to DTE Energy for providing the wood chips and to the Detroit Public Works Department for hauling away the debris. A very special thanks goes to the Detroit Police Department for coordinating the removal of the abandoned vehicles. Their prompt response went a long way in making this cleanup day a great success.

    8MBA and the O’Hair Park community plan on additional partnership opportunities to keep this section of Detroit vibrant and remain a place where neighbors look out for each other, all centered around their neighborhood jewel – O’Hair Park!

  • July 17, 2014 2:03 PM | Deleted user

    Michigan Nonprofit Association kicks off the Summer Park Transformation on Monday, July 14th at Knudsen Park.

    8MBA is no stranger to the revitalization of parks along Eight Mile Road. From Founders Park in Farmington Hills to Farwell Field in Detroit, 8MBA has leveraged partnerships and resources to improve the corridor’s green spaces. In 2014, in support of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s aggressive Adopt-a-Parks Program, 8MBA has attracted more than $80K for three Detroit parks near Eight Mile

    Knudsen Park (Total Investment: $75K+)
    This highly visible park at the corner of Eight Mile and I-75 is about to get a major overhaul. On July 14, 8MBA Board Member Mike Rafferty led a team of volunteers from the Michigan Nonprofit Association  who joined 8MBA for a cleanup to remove litter and vegetative overgrowth from the park, but that is just the beginning.

    8MBA secured a $25K donation from Tom’s of Maine and is partnering with Bleeding Heart Design to replace fencing, overhaul the basketball court and inject public art into this highly utilized public space this summer. Tom’s will also hold a social media campaign to raise additional funds for park amenities. The City of Detroit has been working alongside 8MBA to support the planned improvements to Knudsen Park.

    O’Hair Park (Total Investment: $5K)
    This unique horticultural gem near Evergreen sits just one block south of Eight Mile Road, behind a DTE Energy sub-station. A huge public park, O’Hair is the largest city park in Detroit that is surrounded completely by residential homes. The park links those neighborhoods to nearby Henry Ford High School and Corpus Christi Church, and is host to the Pitcher Woods, which contain tree and vegetation species that do not grow anywhere else in Detroit.

    With the help of 8MBA Board Member Jennifer Korman, 8MBA secured a $5K commitment from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services to enhance O’Hair Park’s amazing array of amenities. Currently in the planning stages, this project is set to kick off in September.

    Farwell Field (Total Applied Funding: $5K)
    Farwell Field is the largest park in Detroit with Eight Mile frontage. A vast green space used by model plane enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike, the field is also connected to the city’s Farwell Recreation Center, a major center of all-weather fun for Detroit youth.

    Since 2012, 8MBA has worked with the Binder Street Block Club, an 8MBA member organization that has taken ownership of this renowned field in partnership with the city. The block club’s community garden has – literally – grown into a major success and source of pride (and excellent produce) for the neighborhood. 8MBA has supported this garden through our annual Clean the D event. In 2014, 8MBA Board Member Devin Corn helped bring CITGO’s nationwide Fueling Good Road Trip to the park, helping to put a national spotlight on efforts of the community.

    Now, the community is ready to take their efforts to the next level. We’ve partnered with Binder Street Block Club on a $5K application to Michigan Community Resources’ SAFE Grant Program, in an effort to establish a CB Patrol and other community safety measures in and around Farwell Field.
  • July 15, 2014 2:04 PM | Deleted user

    The 8MBA is once again looking for commercial and industrial properties to participate in our Façade Improvement Program (FIP). The program was developed to help Eight Mile property owners improve the appearance of their properties on the Eight Mile corridor. Over the years, the FIP program has assisted dozens of Eight Mile properties, including Fresh Fish House, 3M, Economy Appliance, Burger King and Tender Care Daycare. To see a complete program portfolio, click here.

    All commercial and industrial properties physically located on Eight Mile Road between I-275 and I-94 are eligible to apply. Applicants can receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds for 50% of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum award of $10,000.

    An attractive storefront is your customer's first impression. Make it a great one with the 8MBA Façade Improvement Program! 

    If interested, please contact 8MBA’s Steve Horstman at 248-398-3388 or by email at for further information.

  • July 15, 2014 1:26 PM | Deleted user

    2013 Beautification Award winner Glen Eden Memorial Park

    It is that time of the year again for the Annual 8MBA Beautification Awards. Each year, businesses on Eight Mile are recognized for exemplifying the high standards of property design, maintenance, and pride of ownership that 8MBA advocates for along the Eight Mile corridor and this year we have seen amazing transformation and improvements!

    The Beautification Award Judging Committee will be leaving the 8MBA office at 9:00 am on July 30th to identify and vote for the Top 10 Eight Mile properties who they believe should receive this coveted award. 

    In order to help the Judges identify the best properties, we are asking for nominations for people who know Eight Mile the best… like YOU! You can nominate yourself, or your neighbor, as long as the properties is on Eight Mile between I-94 and I-275.

    To nominate a business, send the Business name, address and the reason why you are nominating them to Nominations must be received by Friday, July 25th at 4 pm in order to be considered for judging.

    After the judging, the winners will be notified by mail and receive the following recognition:
    • a 2014 Beautification Award, formally presented at the November Board of Directors Meeting
    • 1-year highlight on the 8MBA website
    • visibility on 8MBA social media accounts
    • highlights in the Fall Newsletter
    Check out the 2013 Beautification Award Winners
  • May 27, 2014 9:59 AM | Deleted user
    On June 7th, Farwell Recreation Center, located near Ryan and east Eight Mile Road, will host their 18th annual “We Care Day” event. 

    A fun-filled day of community building will include activities, free food, entertainment and games at the Recreation Center.  The program seeks to bring safety, education and physical well-being activities to children in the neighborhood. 

    Organizers are still looking for additional sponsors, vendors and donations. 

    To get involved or learn more about this great community event sponsored by the Farwell Recreation Advisory council please

    Ms. Lisa Bryant
    Recreation Center Supervisor at Farwell Recreation Center 
    (313) 628-2028
  • May 21, 2014 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    Brother Rice High School volunteers and project leaders banding together to help clean up Eight Mile Road

    Once again, Detroit and the suburbs were brought together on May 3 by 8MBA for a great day of cleaning, planting, painting, and fellowship.

    This year on Saturday, May 3rd:

    • More than 200 volunteers helped us plant gardens and remove approximately ten tons of litter and debris from the corridor.
    • We also had support from our local, county and state agencies, with litter pick-up, mowing and landscaping work in public rights-of-way, removal of graffiti on underpasses.
    • Even extra police patrols were on hand near cleanup sites to lend their support.
    There were a total of 8 projects, with Farwell Field being the largest.
    Farwell Field on Detroit’s eastside received a lot of attention from volunteers, including Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Redford Township Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, staff from Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson’s office, Chrysler employees, students from Birmingham Brother Rice and a host of volunteers from local block clubs.

    The gazebo received some roof repairs, the gardens were planted with flowers and vegetables, welcome signs were painted and trash was picked up, leaving Farwell Field looking refreshed and gleaming.

    Other areas of Eight Mile receiving a little Clean The D love were repainted fire hydrants near Mound, trash removal near the railroad crossings, and brush and debris removal at a number of locations.

    Many thanks to our sponsors this year: 
    Youth Service America, Chrysler, Nono’s Pizza, CITGO, ITC Holdings, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Belmont Shopping Center, Community United For Progress, the Miss Michigan organization and Imperial Market.

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  • May 21, 2014 2:24 PM | Deleted user

    Winfred Blackmon, President of Shaefer 7/8 Lodge Association in front of the abandoned All Star's Club

    After months of hearings, court proceedings and advocacy, it appears that the former All Star Adult Entertainment Facility will be prohibited from ever opening its doors again on Eight Mile Road. Since 2011, the facility has been fighting to reopen its doors after being padlocked as a result of several run-ins with the law. On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Judge Gillis of the Michigan 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Wayne County officially affirmed a February 21, 2013 decision of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to determine the adult use legally “abandoned”, extinguishing its ability to re-open. 

    8MBA along with the Schaefer 7/8 Lodge Association and dozens of area residents and even neighborhood associations from throughout the City of Detroit formed an advocacy coalition that urged the City of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to deny the facility’s attempts to re-open by transferring a liquor license, which it lost after several violations of law, to the business. After four hearings, the BZA ruled that the adult use formerly on the property was legally “abandoned”, preventing the transfer as well as the re-opening of the facility. Because of zoning restrictions which prevent the opening of adult entertainment facilities on Eight Mile, All Stars was a “non-conforming use”. The decisions of the Court and BZA extinguish that status and prevent the facility from re-opening.

    According to the City of Detroit Attorney who argued the case, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel John Nader, All Star could file an Application for Leave to Appeal, which essentially means that they would have to fight to appeal their most recent appeal, which a higher court does not have to grant.

    8MBA will continue to monitor this issue and ensure that this victory for the greater Eight Mile community is maintained. We sincerely appreciate the courage and wisdom of the employees and officials who stood up for the rule of law and supported the vitality and safety of Detroit’s neighborhoods.

    Read the Order & Opinion //HERE

    Learn more about the path to closure for All Star:

    - Controversial All Star Gentlemen's Club fighting to reopen after being padlocked three years ago
    10/2012 - Reopening of Detroit’s All Star strip club opposed
    12/2011 - Police Shut Down Detroit Strip Club

  • May 21, 2014 11:24 AM | Deleted user

    On April 25th, 2014, the Eight Mile Boulevard Association hosted our 15th Annual Leadership Luncheon at the newly expanded Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. 

    With almost 700 guests in attendance, our largest luncheon to date saw the Big 4 (Mayor Mike Duggan, and County Executive’s Patterson, Ficano and Hackel) discuss many of the hot topics of the day affecting southeast Michigan.  Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley followed up the discussion with remarks centered around the importance of regional cooperation and the state’s ongoing efforts at revitalization. 

    The discussion was deftly moderated by Charlie Langton of WWJ News Radio 950. Always a popular stop was the auction and raffle tables where attendees scooped up some wonderful items donated by a host of great local businesses. 

    The 8MBA is truly appreciative of the efforts of everyone involved to make this event our best yet!

    If you attended this years luncheon, make sure to complete the feedback survey and to check and see if you made it into any of the event photos!
    We want to hear your feedback! Please take this 5-minute survey to share your experience at this years event so we can improve for next year.

    The photos are here!! Make sure to check out the photos on our website and to Tag yourself on Facebook!

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  • May 20, 2014 2:15 PM | Deleted user

    Lunar Home Improvement
    13491-13493 E. Eight Mile Road, Warren, MI  48089
    Sale Price: $99,900

    With the current zoning allowing for a myriad of uses, this 1,040 s.f. facility is a well-maintained gem. It has 180 feet of frontage on Eight Mile that includes a showroom and office.  Property also includes four garages and parking for 12 vehicles.

    For more information about the property contact:
    Jack L. Williams
    Colliers International

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