Upcoming Muskegon MiNeighborhood
Masonry Repair Workshop

We hope you can join us for an informative evening on June 22nd for a Masonry Repair workshop. As part of the Muskegon’s MiNeighborhood program, this workshop is free and open to the public. A flyer with more information is attached. Please consider attending and spreading the word to those who you think may be interested.

Muskegon MiNeighborhood
Masonry Repair Workshop
Monday June 22nd | 6:00-7:30 @
Hackley Public Library | 316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI
Register today –> Email: | Phone: 231-728-3117 (ask for Emily)

Download the flyer!


Third Friday Lecture: The basics of building rehab

So, you just bought (or are ready to buy) a house in Detroit. I bet you have a lot of questions! Questions like: How do I navigate a house inspection, figure out what work needs to be done, and finance the cost of repairs? Can I do it myself or will I need contractors? And how do I know what funding opportunities are available to me?

Let’s have a discussion about how to get started. On June 19 at the David Mackenzie House (4735 Cass Ave.), Preservation Detroit and Brick + Beam Detroit are bringing a few experienced experts together to give you some tips, tricks, and inspire you to take the next step.

  • What do I need to know about passing inspection on my house?
  • How do I assess the work my house needs?
  • How do I pay for the work I need to do on my house?

To discuss these questions and more, we’ll be joined by:

  • Matt Fletcher, a full-time commercial and residential inspector with 15 years of experience
  • John Biggar and Brian Mooney of Integrity Building Group, a full-service construction management and architectural services firm
  • Dekonti Mends Cole, deputy director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, who will discuss a range of financing options that Building Detroit home buyers have used

Our program starts at 6:00 pm. We’ll provide refreshments and leave plenty of time for questions and socializing. The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP here!

Questions? Contact us at


Draft letter to House Representatives: Defeat HB 4607 and 4608


Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 4:00 PM, in Room 519, House Office Building, Lansing, MI.

HB Bills 4607 and 4608 would reallocate $75 Million in the State of Michigan’s tobacco settlement money to the Michigan Transportation Fund.  In doing so, the State would be eliminating its support for business attraction, community development and downtown revitalization through its MEGA, Brownfield and Historic Preservation Loans & Grant programs. Additionally, the package of bills would also eliminate $29 Million in support for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.

It is important for legislatures in Lansing to know that the continuous of these programs are absolutely necessary for the long-term success and economic viability of our downtowns! Attached is a listing of the House Committee on Roads and Economic Development members. If your community is on this list, it is imperative that you call your legislator today! To the larger membership, please inform your local State Representative about the importance these tools in your downtown and to strongly encourage the State to seek an alternative funding solution for our roads.
Members of the House Committee on Roads and Economic Development (RED):

• Jeff Farrington (R) Committee Chair, 30th District
• Peter Pettalia (R) Majori ty Vice-Chair, 106th District
• Al Pscholka (R) 79th District
• Andrea LaFontaine (R) 32nd District
• Chris Afendoulis (R) 73rd District
• Marilyn Lane (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 31st District
• Scott Dianda (D) 110th District

Testimony by Nancy Finegood, Executive Director, Michigan Historic Preservation Network before House Roads and Economic Development Committee, May 26, 2015.

MCRP Threatened by Two House of Representative Bills

There is a significant risk to our work in historic preservation  from two bills currently being proposed by some of the leaders in the Michigan House of Representatives in light of the defeat of the roads ballot initiative. These leaders have introduced bills (HB 4607 and 4608, attached below) that threaten to undo the work to restore the buildings of Michigan.

The bills propose paying for roads through a combination of major cuts to programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit as well as very aggressive assumptions on future growth in state tax revenues. But, most relevant to Michigan development is that the bills decimate the MEDC, defunding its operational budget and removing nearly half of its programmatic dollars. It removes $185 million in total from the MEDC’s budget!  If these bills were to become law, the MEDC’s work with universities, accelerators, the venture capital community, the foundation community, local economic development agencies and others would simply cease. The bills even threaten Pure Michigan, the most successful marketing program in the history of the state.

Included in those programs that would face defunding is the Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP).  The MCRP was established as an incentive program available from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The program is designed to promote community revitalization through the provision of grants, loans or other economic assistance for eligible investment projects.  The program leverages historic preservation projects as a priority for MCRP funding, a smart economical choice across the states’ vast architectural treasures, and has directly aligned with the state’s leadership on place-making initiatives to invigorate local economies around the entire state.

With the passage of these bills, the MEDC’s incentive programs, as we know them, would cease to exist. So would work on the pipeline of new opportunities that Michigan is competing for, against other states.

There is a public hearing of the Roads and Economic Development Committee to discuss House Bills 4607 and 4608 scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 in Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building, Lansing, MI.

For more information about the hearing follow the link below:

Even if you can not attend the hearing – please consider reaching out to your legislators regarding the long-term, negative impact these bills would have on the economic development activities currently underway to revitalize and strengthen the State of Michigan.

Not sure who your State Representative is?  Find out here.

The Governor has proposed a budget that would preserve funding for economic development and the Senate has largely done the same. To date the House has, unfortunately, taken a position so extreme that it is barely fathomable, given the tenuous nature of the economic recovery we’ve experienced in the last five years.

HB 4607   HB 4608


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