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$12 million development on site of 1967 rebellion in the works

David Alade (left) of Century Partners has been developing in the Atkinson neighborhood

The corner where the 1967 Detroit rebellion began, 12th and Clairmont, has been largely abandoned for decades. But an estimated $12 million development deal might change that. 

According to a Detroit News article, Karasi Development Group is working with the city of Detroit to construct three new mixed-use buildings to the area with ground-floor retail and 45 residential units. 

"The first phase is underway on Atkinson," writes Louis Aguilar, "just around the corner from Rosa Parks, with the overhaul of a dilapidated house that will become the Karasi Education & Cultural Center. The group is in talks with the Motown Museum and the Rosa Parks Institute for potential partnerships at the center."

One of the developers, Katrina Lockhart, was a resident of the neighborhood at the time of the rebellion, and says that, "Most everything was gone (after the five days in July), the stores were burned and most never opened again." 

The last building was razed less than two years ago. 

The article goes on to detail other developers in the Atkinson area, Century Partners, who was profiled in a Model D article on the North End neighborhood.

Read the full Detroit News article here
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