Framework Plan Updates

Framework Plan Updates

Public engagement is an essential element in organizing each step of the planning process. As we continue to work together with the community, we will continuously share with you news and updates on the project.

03.01.2017 East Riverfront Public Meeting

In 2016, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy reached out to community members and asked them to dream about the future of the East Riverfront.   We worked in partnership with the City of Detroit Planning Department,  Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and consultants from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) to craft a framework vision for the future of the East Riverfront district.

You are invited to come learn how this input has been incorporated into the East Riverfront Framework Plan. The public presentation will be held on Wednesday March 1st, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Outdoor Adventure Center located at 1801 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48207.

09.21.2016 East Riverfront Framework Plan Update

 At our last meeting and tour …

 On Tuesday, July 13, at our fourth community meeting, our team shared some design initial concepts.  These ideas for reimagining the East Riverfront were based in large part on what you’ve told us you want to see as the project unfolds and in the years ahead. On August 4, we continued the visioning process by exploring storm water management and green infrastructure projects around the city and along the Detroit River.  (It was a great night to be out on the river!)

 What’s happening now …?

 Our team is laser focused on completing an actionable framework for transforming Detroit’s international riverfront into a beautiful, exciting, safe, accessible world-class gather place for all.  To make this happen we’ve been working through a number of key tasks.  They range widely -- from finding ways to create a more safe, walkable environment for pedestrians along Jefferson Avenue to creating final design concepts and recommendations for short-term improvement projects.  We expect to complete the final framework document within the next month and look forward to sharing it with you.

Please continue to follow the website for updates and details about the final community meeting …


08.04.2016 Green Infrastructure Tours

Please join us to learn about storm water management and green infrastructure projects in the greater downtown area. On Thursday, August 4th from 4:00 to 8:30 pm, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and City of Detroit Planning Department will be hosting bus, bike and boat tours to view completed and in-progress green infrastructure projects in the City. Attendees will hear from technical experts about how these projects work and discuss how they could impact the future of the East Riverfront in Detroit. Additional details are avaiable at 


07.13.2016 Walking Tour #2

We will walk selected areas of the East Riverfront with our new design ideas in-hand.  We will discuss how they might change the current landscape and augment connectivity while keeping the authentic character of the East Riverfront and surrounding neighborhoods. Each tour will be 60 minutes and a tour will depart every 30 minutes from the Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater.

07.12.2016 Community Workshop #4

Based on comments from the community, we've refined our initial landscape and neighborhood design concepts for the East Riverfront.  Come see how your ideas are shaping the vision and give us more input.   We will also discuss how re-imagining the I-375 freeway might fit into a revitalized East Riverfront.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater. 

06.16.2016 Community Workshop #3

Based on the input we’ve received from you so far, the project team has developed preliminary design ideas to share.  Join us for a community meeting on Thursday, June 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Outdoor Adventure Center to let us know what you think.  The meeting will include a detailed presentation by the team and opportunities to study and discuss the designs one-on-one with the team.  We’ll also be capturing your comments and thoughts on video for the project archives.  Please come and bring your friends and neighbors.

05.24.2016 Community Workshop

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, May 24 for the next community workshop. This will be an opportunity to see how your input from our first community workshop is shaping the future of the East Riverfront. A community presentation will be followed by an open house event and chance to talk with the design team and drop by tables to learn about other Riverfront programs and activities being planned. The event is free and open to the public! The location and time of the event will be made available soon. Please hold the date for this exciting opportunity to share your thoughts and shape the vision of your riverfront.

05.10.2016 Walking Tours

Want to know more about the East Riverfront project and tour the site? Join us for walking tours on Tuesday, May 10, from 6:30-7:30PM and Wednesday, May 11, from 10AM – 11AM. For both of these tours, meet us at the the Outdoor Adventure Center (1801 Atwater St). From there, we’ll tour the riverfront and the surrounding area. The design team will share some of the observations and opportunities that we’ve started to explore since our initial workshop. The tours are family-friendly and open to all ages.

04.12.2016 Kick-Off Meeting

On April 12, 2016, a kick-off meeting for the East Riverfront Framework Plan took place at the Outdoor Adventure Center.