Preservation News & Events: 
Happy New Year!
Historic structures like the Woodstock Apartments make up the fabric of Detroit's neighborhoods. We need to redevelop these buildings, not demolish them for surface parking. 

That's why we submitted a formal letter last week to the Department of Planning and Development, the City Planning Commission, and City Council, asking them to amend the city's zoning laws. By increasing the distance between new parking lots and stadiums to 2,000 radial feet, we can help protect buildings like the Woodstock and ensure a more walkable, vibrant, and historic Detroit. 

You can also sign this citizen petition to save the historic 1914 apartment building through a historic designation. We love when our friends and members step up to preserve our historic structures!
MHPN announces job training program in preservation trades

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) is pleased to announce the launch of a paid, hands-on ten-week job training program in the historic preservation trades. The Living Trades Academy (LTA) is a pilot program that will offer valuable training to Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park residents that will allow them to:
  • repair and maintain their own homes;
  • mentor others in their neighborhood to repair and maintain their homes;
  • acquire valuable entry level skills for employment in the preservation field; and
  • acquire business and entrepreneurship skills.
Applications are due February 1. Go here for more information and to apply. 
Have a drink with us!
Join us Tues., Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. for a preservationist meetup at Eastern Market Brewing Company and help Preservation Detroit while you're at it!

Preservation Night is an informal get-together for anyone interested in preservation. This is a great chance to see what Preservation Detroit is all about, meet up with preservation-minded folks, and see the awesome new EMBC. 

As a bonus, EMBC will donate $1 to Preservation Detroit for each drink you buy! No RSVP necessary but more info here.
News from HDAB and HDC 

YOU SPOKE AND HDAB LISTENED! At the January meeting, the City of Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board voted unanimously to approve the designation of the Cass-Henry Local Historic District. The Cass-Henry Historic District now moves to City Council for a vote. This designation will protect the Ansonia and Atlanta apartment buildings that were threatened last year.

Please contact your City Council representatives TODAY and remind them that our historic buildings matter!

The Historic District Commission meets on Feb. 1 (agenda here) and on Feb. 14 at 5:30. HDC meets at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th floor auditorium. The HDAB meets on Feb. 8. Meeting location varies. We post agendas when we get them on our Facebook page
Shiver on the River
February 3This annual event, hosted by Friends of the Detroit River, invites everyone to Belle Isle for a day of discovery and education. The event is based at the historic Belle Isle Casino, and involves most of the venues on the island, including the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Dossin Museum, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. This year's Shiver features a pancake breakfast at the Flynn Pavilion to benefit the Belle Isle Conservancy. More information here.

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