City Administration submitted a request for consideration of federal appropriations, through Senator Carl Levin’s and Congressman Dingell’s offices. In addition, City administration and members of TIFA traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for funding consideration for the Senior Center, as well as other projects. A meeting was held with Oakwood Hospital regarding possible partnership with them in developing the senior wellness center.

City Administration was directed to apply to MSHDA for NSP funds for a Senior Center to be built at the Allen Lumber site. This required that cost be incurred for new drawings specific to this particular site and that a housing component be added to make the application more competitive. no funds were awarded.

An informal, ad-hoc team consisting of the Mayor, City Manager and the Planning, Building and Economic Development Director have been involved in conducting a number of meetings with various individuals and organizations. This effort is directed towards expanding our network, identifying needs and seeking resources to help put together a strategic plan aimed at getting a Senior Wellness Center developed. Over the past several months, the team has:
  • Met with Wayne County Community College District Chancellor along with his executive staff and the City’s Lobbyist.
  • Conducted site visits at the Allen Lumber Yard site in consideration of locating a Senior Wellness Center on that property.
  • Met with the Director of the Neighborhood Club in Grosse Pointe to review their success story on getting a new Neighborhood Club and Senior Center developed in their town.