South Side Dearborn Downtown

Posted by City of Dearborn - Economic & Community Development Department


Development District

Development Opportunity

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District Description

A small downtown like, crossroads district with a diverse mix of retail, restaurant, offices, institutional and other uses primarily serving south Dearborn and neighboring areas of southwest Detroit.City of DearbornCity of Dearborn Ordinances

Fee Schedule

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Planning & Policy Documents / Request for Proposals (RFP)

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Master Plan/Specific Plan

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Zoning Designation

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Floor to Area Ratio (FAR)

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Community Support

Public input into Master Plan and Corridor Improvement Authority plan has been substantial

Political Support

Creation of Corridor Improvement Authority and City involvement in substantial road/pedestrian improvements supported by local community

Zoned for Preferred Outcomes

Permits wide variety of commercial uses and residential on upper floors of commercial buildings. Adjacent areas zoned for multiple family development.

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

Served by DDOT & SMART bus systems


All utilities available, supported by public parking in core area.

Other Investment

Streetscape and pedestrian improvements completed/maintained

Private Investment

2 story medical office building completed recently

Local Development Trends & Market Indicators

Demand for new quality multiple family housing due to aging and declining stock of such, retail and service uses supporting surrounding neighborhoods and neighboring areas of Detroit.

Created on December 7th, 2017 (last updated 10 months ago)