East Dearborn Downtown

Posted by City of Dearborn - Economic & Community Development Department


Development District

Development Opportunity

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District Description

Traditional mixed-use downtown district undergoing substantial revitalization.  There are opportunities for new businesses and redevelopment of sites at higher densities.  City of DearbornEast Downtown Dearborn Development AuthorityCity of Dearborn Ordinances

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Planning & Policy Documents / Request for Proposals (RFP)

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Master Plan/Specific Plan

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Other Requirement


Community Support

Public input into Master Plan and DDA plan has been substantial

Political Support

Creation of DDA, overlay zoning and City involvement in substantial projects all supportive

Financial Programs

MEDC (State of Michigan) programs targeted to mixed use, downtown projects in Redevelopment Ready Communities

Housing Credits

MSHDA (State of Michigan) incentives for affordable and workforce housing

Other Incentives

Brownfield funds for dealing with obsolete structures & contaminated sites, TIF funds for needed off-site/infrastructure improvements



Transportation Investment

Streetscape completed/maintained, served by DDOT & SMART bus systems

Other Investment

Substantial public park in the center of the district programmed with events by DDA


All utilities available, supported by public parking and trash handling systems

Private Investment

City Hall Artspace Lofts completed, Arab American National Museum expansion completed, Dearborn Town Center development partially completed - last component is an American House Senior Living facility currently under construction

Local Development Trends & Market Indicators

Replacing small (1-2 story buildings with larger 4 story buildings), addition of multiple family residential units on upper floors of new buildings

Created on December 7th, 2017 (last updated about 1 year ago)