New Program to Help Increase Homeownership in Detroit, Marvin Jones Jr. Returns to the Lions, & More Local News from Last Week

Get the latest news in metro Detroit including Michigan & Trumbull Pizza finds a new home, and the discovery of an old brick tunnel in Ann Arbor.
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New Detroit program helps renters become homeowners.

The program allocates $6 million in federal pandemic relief aid to provide those who rent their home with up to $25,000 to put toward a down payment on a home in Detroit. It is expected that the program will help around 400 Detroiters.

Marvin Jones Jr. returns to Detroit Lions under 1-year deal.

The fan-favorite played for the Lions from 2016-2020 and caught “289 passes for 4,296 yards and 36 touchdowns across 69 games.” He will return to Detroit under a yearlong contract that’s worth $3 million and includes incentives that could make his earnings closer to $5 million.

Michigan & Trumbull Pizza finds new home.

Back in January, the Corktown pizzeria announced that it would relocate in order to avoid raising prices. Since then, it has found a new home in the Elijah McCoy neighborhood.

Brick tunnel uncovered in Ann Arbor.

While doing work on downtown Ann Arbor’s Main Street, construction workers found what appears to be an old brick tunnel or cavern. City officials initially said that the tunnel was a mystery lost in time, but residents are coming up with their own guesses, and a local historian suspects it was once a cistern.

Michigan’s income tax rate is dropping this year.

State revenues have outpaced inflation, which triggered an automatic cut required under a 2015 law. Rates will move from 4.25% to 4.05% and will give $650 million back to Michigan taxpayers, but it will only last for one year.

Detroit City Council approves incentives for $1.5 billion District Detroit project.

After weeks of postponements, City Council approved the incentives 8-1 on March 28. In exchange for $400 million from state level taxes, a $23.7 million forgivable loan from the DDA and a $25 million cash reimbursement for infrastructure improvements, Olympia Development of Michigan and Related Cos. will pay $350,000 a year for 10 years for affordable housing, prioritize 20% of the development’s apartments for low-income Detroiters, and give 30% of development contracts to Detroit-based businesses. 

Detroit Lions have highest average likes per TikTok video in the NFL.

The Kansas City Chiefs are leading the way in followers, and estimated earnings per video, with more than 2.5 million followers and over $2,400 per video. With 1.9 million followers, 47 videos, and $1,701 per video, The Detroit Lions trail the Chiefs in those areas, but they came out on top in terms of likes with a whopping 244,218 as their total average likes per video.

Legendary Michigan sports writer Jerry Green has died.

Green was the only reporter to cover each of the 56 Super Bowls and worked for The Detroit News as the Detroit Lions beat writer from 1965-72 and as a columnist until he retired in 2004. He continued writing for The News until just weeks ago, and even wrote a couple of sports pieces for Hour Detroit.  He died on March 23 at the age of 94.

New downtown store sells furniture made of Detroit history.

Throwbacks Home offers furniture made of wood from abandoned local barns, pylons from the Detroit River, old church pew lumber, items from the original Cass Tech High School, and more. Most of the materials are given to the store by demo crews and construction companies.

This Detroit business will deliver produce right to your door.

Goodpluck works with around 50 farms throughout the year, approximately 10 farms each week, to provide a delivery service that ships baskets of locally grown fruits and veggies, along with bread and eggs directly to customers in metro Detroit. Each basket features a variety of items and costs around $40.

Detroit begins demolition of old La Choy factory.

The factory was built in 1937 for La Choy Food Products Inc. Later, it was owned by a succession of manufacturing firms before being used as a junk yard from 1997 until 2009, when it was abandoned. The demolition will cost $1.6 million and makes way for the Joe Louis Greenway.

Ann Arbor to give away 10,000 trees for residents to plant.

The giveaway is part of the city’s A2Zero plan, which is set to make Ann Arbor carbon neutral by 2030. Seedlings and samplings available are white pine, white oak, redbud, white flowering dogwood, and American Linden.

26 Burger King locations in Michigan to close.

The closings are due to “unforeseen business circumstances,” and will result in more than 400 job losses for general managers, shift managers, and team members in 12 southeast Michigan cities. Closures have already begun and will be completed by April 15.

Megabus to begin Michigan service in early April.

The bus company has partnered with Indian Trails, Michigan’s largest private bus transportation company, to resume service in the state for the first time in six years. Services begins on April 3 in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Mackinaw City, and Traverse City.

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