Thursday, April 21, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

DHNC Hosts Meeting Regarding the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act (PA 169) proposed amendment – HB 5232 and SB 720


Legislation introduced by Rep. Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, and Sen. MacGregor, R-Rockford, would severely undermine a local government’s ability to protect areas of historic significance from insensitive development or demolition. New stipulations would require that 2/3 of property owners within a proposed district boundary consent to establishing a local historic district AND that the citywide electorate also vote in favor. Additionally, Michigan communities would be required to reapply to continue existing local historic districts every 10 years. (Conversely, dissolving a local historic district would NOT require the same steps, and could be eliminated without guidelines, justification, or community input). The State Historic Preservation Review Board, a neutral third party, would also be removed from appeals decisions, potentially politicizing the process.


For these reasons, and several others, HB 5232 and SB 720 would weaken protections for historic resources and threaten  the viability of local historic districts in Michigan. Our historic places and neighborhoods are too important to allow this to happen.

Lisa Phillips from Preservation Detroit has been invited to join the discussion and share the organization's perspective.

It all happens Thursday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm 

Bring your questions, insights, and concerns about the important issues that affect our historic districts..

WHERE:  The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament,  9844 Woodward, Detroit
WHEN:  Thursday, April 21, at 6:00 pm

Future Events

Dates TBD --
District Managers
Historic Preservation
City Council Members
Mayor's office Representatives

Any ideas? What would YOU like to hear about? Send us an email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Invite Your Neighbors!

The more residents who attend these meetings with representatives from the City, the more seriously they'll take our concerns.  Invite your neighbors to this month's meeting so they can learn first-hand about the City's auto insurance program and removal of traffic lights.


The Detroit Historic Neighborhoods Coalition (DHNC) was established in 1999 for residents to have a united voice in their community's development and revitalization.