Monday, April 19, 2010

ReDeux News: Historic Boston-Edison Home Preservation Fair

If YOU own one of the beautiful historic homes in Detroit (you know, the ones that were NOT shown on the #detdateline #Dateline "documentary" on #Detroit last Sunday), you will want to attend this workshop next Saturday!

  Executive Director,  Data Driven Detroit
 Joins Best Practices Workshop Line-up!
Historic Boston-Edison Association
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Home Preservation Fair
Stabilizing Detroit's Neighborhoods
or phone: 313.883.4360, ext.3
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   Kurt Metzger of  Data Driven Detroit 
 "What Do the Numbers Mean for My Neighborhood?" 
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Recognized as the demographer with "rock star" status around metropolitan Detroit, Kurt Metzger, Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit will present the good, the bad and the vacant when critical city of Detroit data is shared. What are the implications for your neighborhood/community in 2020 as Detroit downsizes?  What does the data reveal about your neighborhood's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and real or perceived threats?  Get the real story!
(NOTE: This workshop replaces "How to Monitor and Track Home Repairs to Claim a State of Michigan Historic Tax Preservation Credit", originally scheduled from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  It will be rescheduled for another time in the future.) 
Palmer Woods Kicks-Off Best Practices Workshop Series
Noon - 1:00 p.m."The Palmer Woods Process"
In 2008, select streets in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood were blocked in a test study to determine traffic flow impact, particularly on cut-through traffic from 7 Mile and Woodward Avenue. Cut-through traffic - generally non-resident, transient traffic - is often cited as an opportunity for crime and criminal activity within a community.
Since the traffic study, the 
Palmer Woods Association has received approval from Detroit's City Council for their Neighborhood Traffic Plan. The Plan involves the closure of select streets to create new traffic patterns. Palmer Woods President, Craig Vanderburg will share the Palmer Woods Process. This best practices workshop serves as an example for every neighborhood association seeking to enact positive change in their respective community. Interested attendees are urged to register early for this session.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m."Do It Yourself!  Save it Yourself!"
Do you know how to evaluate & assess your historic home project? Do you know how to decide whether or not it is in the range of your skills & abilities? Do you know how to determine what features are worth saving?  Are you interested in discovering what you can do yourself?   Then... out with the new, and in with the old!
Boston-Edison residents David and Dawn Johnson, whose home has previously been featured h on the annual Historic Boston-Edison Association's Holiday Homes Tour, will share their personal experiences as staunch "do-it-yourself" restoration advocates.
2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
"Successful Home Loan Modification" 
Antoinette Gray,Housing Director of nationally recognized community development corporation (CDC), Central Detroit Christian will present the step by step process that homeowners should take in seeking to modify their existing home loan. Central Detroit Christian CDC possesses a phenomenal success rate of 73% in securing loan modifications (compared to the national average of 16%) for homeowners seeking assistance. 
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
" What Do the Numbers Mean for My Neighborhood?"
  Recognized as the demographer with "rock star" status around metropolitan Detroit, Kurt Metzger, Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, will present the good, the band and the vacant when critical  city of Detroit data is shared.  What are the implications for your neighborhood in 2020 as Detroit downsizes? What does the data reveal about your neighborhood's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and real or perceived threats? Get the real story!
  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"Beautiful and Elegant Curb Appeal on a Budget"

Boston-Edison resident Leonard Xerri, of Leonard Xerri Interiors, whose home was featured on the 2009 Boston-Edison Holiday Homes Tour will share invaluable - yet affordable decorating and design tips for the exterior of your historic home. Leonard will discuss, yard care, landscaping and facade design.  This is a must attend workshop for new as well as established homeowners who desire beautiful and elegant surroundings.
 All workshops are free and open to the public.  There is limited seating capacity, however.  Please register to ensure your seat by email:  or by phone: 313.883.4360.
 2010 Historic Boston-Edison Home Preservation Fair
 Saturday, April 24, 2010
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Owners and prospective owners of historic homes will have the unique opportunity to participate in one-stop shopping with Metro-Detroit area home repair/preservation specialists.
Invited home preservation specialists, include:
Masonry repair and restoration
Wet Plaster repair and replacement
Painting of both exteriors and interiors
Plumbing, heating, and cooling service
Window repair and restoration
Electrical upgrades and updating
Wood floor refinishing
A registration fee is required for home repair/preservation contractors.
 Interested Contractors Click Here for Additional Information!!
2010 Home Preservation Fair
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 Chicago Boulevard (at Linwood)
Detroit, MI 48206
Free and secure parking is provided via the Linwood entrance.
The Fair begins at 12 noon and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Fair is free to the general public.
Historic Boston Edison Association
 P.O. Box 02100
 Detroit, MI 48202
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