Model D reports that on Thursday April 15 at 11am, a groundbreaking will be held for the long-awaited Midtown Loop. This "greening" project has been spearheaded by Detroit's non-profit University Cultural Center Association, and has been in development for seven years. The $8M project is funded with private and government funds, including 2009 stimulus funding.
The first 0.85 mile phase of the Midtown Loop Greenway will run along Kirby between Cass and John R to Canfiled and is slated to be completed by October of 2010. The complete loop back going north along Cass Avenue back to Kirby will be completed by the summer of 2011.
The Midtown Loop will ultimately connect Wayne State University, the Main Detroit Public Library, The Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Science Museum, the Charles H.Wright Museum for African-American History, and the Detroit Medical Center. Several amenities are planned: dog watering stations, human watering stations, bike storage lockers and racks, LED pedestrian lighting, benches, signage, and perennials and grasses to add to the mature trees.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on East Kirby and Canfield in Midtown.