First of 160 LED lights installed during ceremony
Lighting project comes in time for Holiday shopping seasony
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans with the support of the Avenue of Fashion Business Association and University Commons today kicked off the ‘Historic Avenue of Fashion Business District Lighting Project’. The project calls for the installation of 160 LED lights along the front and rear of businesses, in alleys and parking lots located on Livernois between Clarita and St. Martins in northwest Detroit.
The Greater Wayne County Economic Development Corporation awarded a $106,000 grant to University Commons for the lighting project. University Commons is managing the lighting installation project.
“My office is committed to economic development that makes a direct impact on Wayne County residents, businesses and visitors,” said Wayne County Executive Evans. “The new lighting will help attract customers and keep the local community thriving. The new lights will also promote a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who visits the Historic Avenue of Fashion Business District.”
The LED lights are being strategically installed to illuminate the front of buildings and parking lots as a supplement to the 59 new street pole lights recently installed by the city of Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority. Business owners expect that the additional lighting will lead to increased foot traffic during one of the busiest shopping times of the year.
“The lights being installed on businesses and in the alleys will provide additional security, opportunity for more foot traffic, and extended open hours and comfort for our community,” said Lolita Haley, Program Manager at University Commons. “Business owners and surrounding neighbors are confident the upcoming holiday season shopping experience will be enhanced and a benefit to all.”
“We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Wayne County for facilitating the installation of the lights on Livernois,” said Dolphin Michael, Jr., President of the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. “We look forward to the days ahead and the upcoming holiday season as we celebrate a safe and bustling district once again.”
This effort is part of the Evans Administration’s goal to help the businesses in Wayne County’s 43 communities thrive, which creates neighborhood stability.
University Commons selected two Wayne County contractors to manufacture and install the new LED lighting. Woman-owned Americas Green Line was hired to be the project’s lighting and manufacturing contractor and Detroit Power Systems will serve as the project’s union electrical contractor.
All 160 lights are expected to be installed within 45 days and all parking lot lighting will be completed before Christmas. Once installed, lights will be maintained by business owners and contractors.
At the press conference, held at CGB Design Studio located at 19132 Livernois, County Executive Evans was joined by Avenue of Fashion Business Association president Dolphin Michael, and University Commons program manager Lolita Haley. Also in attendance were other Avenue of Fashion business owners, residents, community leaders and local officials.