Detroit Mayor Archer Pushes for Neighborhood Bus Station

"$5.5 million complex reflects administration's drive to improve services as

the proposed $1 million increase in the Recreation Department's budget awaits

city council approval"



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from City of Detroit

    DETROIT, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mayor Dennis W.
 Archer is announcing the creation of a $5.5 million new public bus station
 near Chandler Park on the city's eastside.
     "Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, and a
 strong partnership with the federal and state government we will be able to
 provide a needed public transportation service to people in our
 neighborhoods," said Mayor Archer.  "This new facility, coupled with the
 proposed increase in the Recreation Department's budget is further evidence of
 the efforts we make to improve important services to the people who need them
 most."
     Plans for the new facility call for the creation of a new shuttle service
 by the Department of Transportation that would pick up riders in surrounding
 neighborhoods and bring them to the hub for bus service.  The entire complex
 is expected to include 24-hour childcare facilities, convenience shopping and
 other commercial services.  The new facility is expected to be located near
 Chandler Park and Conner and Shoemaker across from the newly constructed
 townhouses of the Parkside Public Housing facility.  The new venture will also
 complement a recently opened waterpark, remodeled golf course and new
 BLIMPIE'S Sub & Sandwich Shop all located in the same area.
     The new neighborhood bus facility reflects a successful formula of the
 administration's ability to build solid partnerships between local, state and
 federal agencies.  In this case, the federal government will contribute $3.8
 million, the State of Michigan is contributing $750,000 and the City of
 Detroit is contributing $1 million in General Obligation Bonds pending
 approval of the current city's budget by City Council.
     To date collaboration between city government, the private sector,
 foundations and citizens has been essential to the improvement of nearly 400
 city parks and 6,000 acres of parkland in the City of Detroit.  About $12
 million in contributions alone have been spent to upgrade 33 Detroit
 playgrounds and to create an endowment fund for repairs.  Today's announcement
 is the second time in as many years that Congresswoman Cheeks-Kilpatrick
 helped obtain U.S. DOT funding.  Last year the city received $900,000 to help
 build an overpass park to connect the Jefferies Housing Development with Wigle
 Park located on the other side of the Lodge Freeway.
     News of the increase in the proposed 2001-2002 Recreation Department's
 budget that currently is being considered by city council comes on the heels
 of erroneous reports by City of Detroit Auditor General Joseph Harris that the
 mayor had reduced the department's operating budget by $1 million for the
 current fiscal year.  The proposed operating budget for parks and recreation
 has increased $800,000 this year going from $55.8 million last year to $56.6
 million today.  The entire budget went from $62.5 million last year to $66.3
 today.
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SOURCE City of Detroit
    DETROIT, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mayor Dennis W.
 Archer is announcing the creation of a $5.5 million new public bus station
 near Chandler Park on the city's eastside.
     "Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, and a
 strong partnership with the federal and state government we will be able to
 provide a needed public transportation service to people in our
 neighborhoods," said Mayor Archer.  "This new facility, coupled with the
 proposed increase in the Recreation Department's budget is further evidence of
 the efforts we make to improve important services to the people who need them
 most."
     Plans for the new facility call for the creation of a new shuttle service
 by the Department of Transportation that would pick up riders in surrounding
 neighborhoods and bring them to the hub for bus service.  The entire complex
 is expected to include 24-hour childcare facilities, convenience shopping and
 other commercial services.  The new facility is expected to be located near
 Chandler Park and Conner and Shoemaker across from the newly constructed
 townhouses of the Parkside Public Housing facility.  The new venture will also
 complement a recently opened waterpark, remodeled golf course and new
 BLIMPIE'S Sub & Sandwich Shop all located in the same area.
     The new neighborhood bus facility reflects a successful formula of the
 administration's ability to build solid partnerships between local, state and
 federal agencies.  In this case, the federal government will contribute $3.8
 million, the State of Michigan is contributing $750,000 and the City of
 Detroit is contributing $1 million in General Obligation Bonds pending
 approval of the current city's budget by City Council.
     To date collaboration between city government, the private sector,
 foundations and citizens has been essential to the improvement of nearly 400
 city parks and 6,000 acres of parkland in the City of Detroit.  About $12
 million in contributions alone have been spent to upgrade 33 Detroit
 playgrounds and to create an endowment fund for repairs.  Today's announcement
 is the second time in as many years that Congresswoman Cheeks-Kilpatrick
 helped obtain U.S. DOT funding.  Last year the city received $900,000 to help
 build an overpass park to connect the Jefferies Housing Development with Wigle
 Park located on the other side of the Lodge Freeway.
     News of the increase in the proposed 2001-2002 Recreation Department's
 budget that currently is being considered by city council comes on the heels
 of erroneous reports by City of Detroit Auditor General Joseph Harris that the
 mayor had reduced the department's operating budget by $1 million for the
 current fiscal year.  The proposed operating budget for parks and recreation
 has increased $800,000 this year going from $55.8 million last year to $56.6
 million today.  The entire budget went from $62.5 million last year to $66.3
 today.
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