Talking with Neighbor to Neighbor Canvasser and Grandmont Rosedale Resident Deborah LaViolette

Years ago, Deborah LaViolette’s family was grateful for the Property Tax Exemption Program as it enabled her mother to remain in her home. This past summer, Deborah (on the far right in the photo), was a member of a Neighbor to Neighbor team that went door to door in several communities in and near Grandmont…

Meet the New Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Manager Elyse Wolf

Returning visitors and vendors at the Northwest Detroit Famers’ Market have seen a new face helping run the show this year, Market Manager Elyse Wolf. From small details like choosing the music playlist to helping customers and vendors with any issues, Elyse has been an important part of this season’s Market. Elyse, a West Bloomfield…

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.…