A Conversation with John O’Brien, GRDC’s Founding Executive Director

In 1989 John O’Brien was the first and only employee of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation. John’s basement office at Mercy College was just big enough to hold a desk with a telephone, and a chair. As John remembers, “it did have a window well, and it was free.” From that basement office, GRDC began its…

Welcome Ariya’s Apparel and Accessories to the Grand River WorkPlace Pop-up Spot!

Sometimes, despite a lot of preparation, education and practice, one still needs a little encouragement to do something daring. Making the step from a mobile business to a brick and mortar location, even if it’s only for a few months, was a step Akeya Muhammad was reluctant to make. Luckily for her, GRDC’s Economic Development…

Charlotte Wright: One of the Forces Behind GRDC’s Continuing Success

For close to four years, GRDC board of director Charlotte Wright has brought expertise, dedication, and perhaps most of all, her impressive work ethic to help make Grandmont Rosedale the wonderful neighborhood it is, and GRDC one of Detroit’s oldest and most effective Community Developments Corporations. Charlotte was asked to serve on the GRDC board…

TechTown’s SWOT City Portfolio Manager Micah Loucks Holds Open Office Hours at the Grand River WorkPlace

TechTown’s SWOT City is a “customized support program for brick and mortar small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods…[SWOT City] provides one-on-one assistance to help launch, stabilize and grow local businesses and strengthen neighborhood commercial district.” This support is one of the many services the Grand River WorkPlace offers, and Micah Loucks is a SWOT City representative…

The Well-Attended February Neighborhood Safety Meeting Draws Residents from Grandmont Rosedale and Beyond

The guest speaker at the well-attended Thursday, February 28 Neighborhood Safety Meeting was Antoinette James, a Crime Victim Advocate from Ascension Health Care Systems. Antoinette spoke about the many services Ascension provides for victims of crime from ages 5 – adult. She also distributed information regarding the physical, mental, and behavioral reactions victims commonly experience.…

Marsha Bruhn Steps Down after 12 Years as a GRDC Board Member

Since 2007, Marsha Bruhn has gathered monthly with GRDC board members to strategize ways to make Grandmont Rosedale stable, safe, and sustainable. Marsha served on the board because she “considered GRDC such an asset to the neighborhoods and to the neighbors.” Marsha has been one of those neighbors since 1975 when she and her then…

Support GRDC this Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thanks to your support, 2018 has been another productive year at Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC)! Our Community Connections Breakfast in October provided an opportunity for GRDC supporters, business owners, community development advocates, and Grandmont Rosedale residents to come together to share a delicious breakfast, and to hear an insightful panel…

Meet Candice Fortman, Emcee of GRDC’s Community Connections Breakfast, Marketing Engagement Director for WDET, and Grandmont Resident

Candice Fortman is one of the busiest people in Detroit, but just about everything that she is involved in involves community. Candice regards her role as the emcee for GRDC’s Community Connections Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 am as another way that she can strengthen not just the Grandmont Rosedale community, but the…