BLACK DETROITERS REBUILD Virginia Park Community is a diverse coalition of neighbors, businesses, activists and non-profits who believe that property ownership by Detroit’s Black residents is the first step in rejuvenating our neighborhoods. Absentee owners, who often have no meaningful connection to the community, are responsible for continuing the degradation of our neighborhoods. These speculators are not being held accountable by the City of Detroit.
A New York City developer has an agreement with the Detroit Land Bank Authority that gives him the right to own approximately 125 homes and 400 lots within the Virginia Park Community called the Herman Kiefer project. We demand that these homes and lots be sold to Detroiters.
We don’t need outside saviors to build back better, we need collaborators that care about Black people in Detroit and the capital to make it happen.
Stretching from Atkinson to the north, West Grand Boulevard to the south, John C. Lodge Service Drive to the east and Linwood to the West. Virginia Park Community is home to Henry Ford Health System, Thirkell Elementary and the Virginia Park Community Plaza, a community-led, mixed-use development. Plus four city-owned parks, including the historic Gordon Park at the corner of 12th (Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount. Enjoy the neighborhood streets lined with rows and rows of 100-year-old homes.