The corner of Michigan and Cass will soon become a landmark for people
navigating the streets of downtown Detroit when the Rosa Park Transit
Center is completed this year. With its striking contemporary design,
multi-story fabric canopy, it's going to be hard to miss – whether you
are walking, driving or riding a bus or People Mover train.
The City of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will open the
Transit Center this summer as part of a $23 million, multi-phased
project funded by the federal government. DDOT's leaders had a bold
vision for this project. They requested project management assistance
from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
(DEGC),to help them
deliver that vision and we were honored by the request.
The DDOT came to the DEGC's Project Group because we have a strong
track record of delivering projects with great results on behalf of the
City of Detroit through the powers of the City of Detroit Downtown
Development Authority, the Economic Development Corporation of the City
of Detroit and other public authorities. In fact, it's hard NOT to come
across the DEGC Project Group's contributions to the City of Detroit
and other clientele doing business in greater downtown, other key
neighborhoods and industrial areas around the city.
Allow me to highlight our newest members to the Project Group:
- T'Chana Bradford has been recently promoted to project manager
from associate project manager. She is responsible for managing the
real estate activities and the new streetscape amenities being
installed in the Harmonie Park area as part of the Paradise Valley
Cultural and Entertainment District Project. T"Chana is also working
plans to construct streetscape enhancements at Capitol Park, scheduled
for implementation later this year.
- Orza Robertson is our newest project manager who is working on
plans to improve various streetscapes within the Greek Town
entertainment district, assisting with other downtown redevelopment
activities, and is currently managing various street improvements
within the central business district in preparation for the NCAA Final
These new team members join the other seasoned professionals who have
had a part in managing projects that are transforming Detroit.
- Will Tamminga, director of project management, was active in the
implementation of the Campus Martius Project, and currently leads
redevelopment efforts for the DEGC regarding the East Riverfront
Project, economic development initiatives for the west riverfront, the
Dequindre Cut, Dequindre Cut Extension and Riopelle Linear Park
Projects, and provides oversight to project managers involved with
other city-wide redevelopment projects.
- Cleveland Dailey, III, project manager, has been active in the
management of important streetscape and infrastructure improvement
projects located in the Midtown and Lower Woodward areas of downtown
Detroit, such as Washington Boulevard and various segments of Woodward
Avenue. Cleveland will continue the DEGC's improvement agenda for the
Lower Woodward area of downtown by managing the enhancements to certain
secondary streets such as Grand River, John R./ Clifford and those
streets surrounding Grand Circus Park.
- Tim Miles, project manager, was active in management of the
infrastructure improvements that assisted the City in retaining
important waterfront-dependent industrial businesses, which helped make
the vision of public waterfront access recreational activities between
downtown and Belle Isle turn into a reality. Tim is currently managing
the Rosa Parks Transit Center on behalf of the City of Detroit
Department of Transportation and working on plans to improve a segment
of Michigan Avenue in the Lower Woodward area of downtown.
- Donna Rice, project manager, was active in the management of the
road and infrastructure improvements associated with the Campus Martius
development project. Donna is currently working on the East Riverfront
Project, which includes managing the planning and implementation of
certain infrastructure improvements, and conducting land assemblage
- Scott Veldhuis, project manager, has been active as the lead
manager of the DDA's Façade Improvement Program, which over time, has
leveraged substantial private investment in significant downtown
buildings. Scott is currently managing road and infrastructure
improvements in the "Fox Creek" neighborhood located on Detroit's east
side, and is managing the Jefferson Avenue Retail Readiness Program.
- Denise Colona, project manager, has been active in the management
of land assemblage efforts as part of the I-94 Industrial Park project.
Denise is currently working on the East Riverfront Project, which
includes plans to improve an extension of the Dequindre Cut from
Woodbridge towards Atwater Street, and plans to create a linear park
along Riopelle Street from Jefferson to Atwater.
- Carla Hudson, is a project assistant who has been active with the
I-94 Industrial Park and Jefferson Village Projects. Carla is managing
site maintenance activities for various projects and coordinates
contract compliance activities for the Project Group.
Malik Goodwin is vice president of project
management at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, a non-profit
organization that works with businesses, government and other
organizations throughout Detroit to encourage and manage economic