Detroit Opportunity Sites Final Workshop
The Detroit Opportunity Sites initiative focuses on the challenges and opportunities of redeveloping large-scale industrial vacant properties. In Detroit, vacant industrial land and buildings cover 6.1 square miles of the city, a formidable obstacle to traditional development strategies. The reuse of these large-scale, vacant sites is a complex challenge, requiring time, resources, and a network of supporting actors. Nonetheless, this reuse could unlock a host of social, economic, and environmental opportunities. Redeveloped sites can also serve as focal points for surrounding neighborhoods, acting as vibrant hubs of activity and centers of recreation, employment, and research. Detroit Opportunity Sites explores key aspects of these redevelopment challenges and opportunities through a select number of successful European and U.S. case studies. This final workshop will reconvene local participants to ensure the relevancy and permanence of lessons learned, as well as to create a local action plan for moving the reuse of industrial sites forward in Detroit.