Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), previously known as the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA) wascreated in 1976 to preserve, enhance and develop the cultural and educational heritage of the Midtown district of the City of Detroit, MI. Midtown Detroit, Inc. is the result of a collaborative merger between the UCCA and the New Center Council, whose organization had a similar mission and a focus on real estate development. MDI engages in an array of projects and programs in the areas of real estate, community, and economic development. These programs and projects seek to leverage the resources and assets within the district with partnerships formed throughout private, philanthropic and public partnerships. These partnerships lend a tremendous breadth of knowledge and creativity, toward our goal of an economically and sustainable community for residents to live, work, study and play. Over the years, MDI has positioned itself as an intermediary for all district-related developments and has operated as a 501(c) (3) organization. Midtown Detroit, Inc. seeks to establish and maintain these neighborhoods as thriving, vibrant, culturally diverse and economically stable urban centers of Detroit.
Woodward Corridor Initiative
Through the Living Cities Integration Initiative, Detroit received $22 million in grants, commercial loans and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to support its efforts around eight key strategy areas. PRIs are flexible, low-cost loans provided at below-market rates to support charitable activity. Funding will support the initiative’s
work to stabilize Midtown, North End, and New Center neighborhoods adjacent to the Corridor through blight reduction and productive re-use of land and buildings. Midtown Detroit, Inc. is the lead agency for the Woodward Corridor Initiative and is supported by several partners from the public and private sectors.
Living Cities was founded in 1991 by 22 of the world’s largest organizations and financial institutions. As a philanthropic organization, Living Cities aims to improve the lives of low-income individuals and the urban areas in which they live on a mass scale. Through strengthening and reengineering neighborhood institutions, Living Cities provides a means of increasing these organizations capacity and potential to adequately provide opportunities to the low-income in the areas that they serve. Key platforms of Living Cities are the necessity to align local, state, and national policies to address the economic issues in these urban areas and finding new, innovative ways to leverage funding from public, private, and philanthropic sectors. One core ideal of Living Cities is that its members aren’t only funders. They also participate on the senior management level as members of the Living Cities Board of Directors andcontribute expert staff to build and implement agendas. For more information about Living Cities visit http://www.livingcities.org.
The Integration Initiative
The Integration Initiative (TII) was launched by Living Cities in January 2010. TII seeks to create and implement new, innovative approaches to alleviate issues in metropolitan areas that impede economic opportunity for low-income families and their communities. It provides between $75-80 million in grants, loans and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to five urban regions that are challenging traditional ways of doing business in order to improve access to education, housing, health care, transit and jobs for their residents. As chosen TII recipients: Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; Twin Cities, MN, and Newark, NJ, have been given flexible resources in order to move past traditional approaches and restructure fragmented systems – integrating across disciplines, geographies, sectors, and funding sources.
Transit Oriented Development Community Meetings
The WCI Team is held a series of small community meetings to discuss transit oriented development and what the community would like to gain from it.We are currently in the process of completing a detailed report which will be available after the first of the year.