The intent of this proposal is to increase accessibility between the Delray neighborhood and Downtown Detroit for local residents and visitors arriving in the region via high-speed rail. Waterfront reclamation is emphasized by introducing remediation strategies as well as recreational opportunities to create habitable environments for humans and wildlife. Finally, connectivity between Mexicantown, Delray, and the riverfront are facilitated by creating public spaces that intersect dense corridors of infrastructure and multi-use development.
Specific actions include:
Improve the existing road infrastructure by regulating grid and the block sizes and ameliorating the streetscape with parks and public plazas.
Introduce light rail transit as an alternative to automotive access along a dense corridor of residential and commercial development to integrate local and regional transportation systems.
Enhance the environment by applying principles associated with vegetative restoration, soil remediation, and management of stormwater runoff.
Designate the waterfront for recreational activities and establish a shoreline capable of withstanding erosive forces such as water-level fluctuations.
Anchor a medical research campus along the site’s major highway corridor to promote civic public service and increase funding for project development and investment.