A Partnership to Support the Joe Louis Greenway, Road Safety Grant & More Local News

Get caught up on some of the biggest headlines in metro Detroit last week, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2023.
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Rendering courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

New Partnership Announced in Detroit Riverfront and Joe Louis Greenway Projects.

The City of Detroit, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership have joined forces in a first-of-its-kind alliance that will help raise funds to complete and maintain the Detroit River revitalization and the Joe Louis Greenway.

Michigan Receives Grants to Improve Road Safety.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that $800 million in grant funds will go to support road safety projects in the country, including approximately $25 million for Detroit, and around $8.8 million to split between 13 other safety plans being developed in Michigan.

Motown Museum to Reopen for Tours During Construction.

The Motown Museum in Detroit has announced that it will resume museum tours during its ongoing construction project on Feb. 22.

Local nonprofit seeks donations for 133 dogs rescued from a suspected dog fighting ring in Detroit.

Bark Nation of Ferndale sent 66 responders to help local, state, and federal law enforcement rescue the dogs. They are now the sole animal response agency on this case and provide daily care for the dogs, which may cost an upwards of nearly $75,000.

A watchdog group finds DTE Energy cut off power for more than 128,000 customers.

This number, from a new report by the Energy and Policy Institute, is the third highest number of shutoffs among electric companies nationwide. The group calls DTE “one of the most aggressively anti-consumer” utility companies in the country.

Michigan Democratic lawmakers approve plan to move up the state’s presidential primary dates.

House lawmakers voted on Jan. 31 to hold the 2024 primaries on Feb. 27, instead of the second Tuesday in March. Republicans have opposed the move because Republican National Committee rules prohibit the state from holding primaries before March 1.

Olga’s Kitchen launching line of Snackers-flavored chicken wings.

The popular Michigan-based chain announced that it is releasing the wings in three flavors: Sweet Honey Siracha, Tangy BBQ, and Signature Snacker Seasoning. In addition, the eatery will be adding Brussels sprouts, a Power Bowl, and a Loaded Hummus Bowl to their menu.

Meijer opens concept grocery stores in Lake Orion and Macomb Township.

The Meijer Grocery stores concept offers a condensed footprint for a more streamlined shopping experience. These two locations are the first of their kind and mainly offer food along with essential items that are restocked weekly.

New Detroit program to assist long-term unemployed residents in re-entering the job market.

The city of Detroit and 18 community groups and activist organizations started the program Jump Start, which identifies long-term unemployed residents and connects them with education or training programs. The program also provides performance-based monetary incentives of up to $2,000. The program began on Jan. 30 and is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

More than 7,500 tropical butterflies are coming to Grand Rapids next month.

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition will open March 1 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Organizers say it’s the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the country.

The historic GAR Building in Detroit has been sold.

The Grand Army of the Republic Building has been purchased by Barbat Holdings, a West Bloomfield real estate investment company. Barbat has plans to convert the space into a steakhouse and event venue.

Two Detroit acts make this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

The White Stripes and the Spinners are among the 14 nominees to make this year’s ballot. Other potential inductees include George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliot, and A Tribe Called Quest.


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