RIVERSIDE PARK UPDATE / ACTION ALERT
From Friends of Riverside Park – Riversideparkdetroit@gmail.com
The proposed Riverside Park land deal (between the City of Detroit and the Detroit International Bridge Company) was reported out of the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Thursday. This means that council as a whole may be voting on it on Tuesday, July 14 at 10 AM. We are asking that you show up Tuesday, July 14 at 10AM, Coleman A Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, 13th Floor! In addition please email and call councilmembers between now and Tuesday expressing your concerns. Please see the contact numbers and emails of all 9 city council members. Below is a sample script for your phone call or email:
“I am very concerned about the Riverside Park proposal and urge you to take more time for deliberation before city council votes on the deal. There are too many unanswered questions and the original deal was drafted without community input. My neighbors and I deserve better especially with regard to the amount of money being given up front to the city by the bridge company, environmental and public health concerns, clearance with regard to the use of outdoor park space, and the lack of legally binding community benefits.”
City Councilmembers’ contact information:
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large: 313.224.1245, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janeé L Ayers, At Large: 313.224.4248, email@example.com
James Tate, District 1: 313.224.1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2: 313.224.4535, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Benson, District 3: 313.224.1198, email@example.com
Andre Spivey, District 4 313.224.4841, CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5: 313.224.4505, CouncilMemberSheffield@
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6: 313.224.2450, CouncilmemberRaquel@detroitmi.
Gabe Leland, District 7: 313.224.2151, firstname.lastname@example.org