The new Detroit casting and machining facility will create 350 new jobs, including some for returning citizens. It is part of a larger campus, which is to include the redevelopment of Southwestern High School and the former American Mailers Building. Sakthi already employs 226 people at its existing facility next door to the planned new campus.
About 3,000 illegal dumping sites have been cleaned up, 2,000 potholes have been repaired, 550 abandoned vehicles have been removed and 275 traffic signal issues have been fixed. Nearly 1,000 complaints related to running water in an abandoned structure and 500 complaints related to water main breaks have been resolved.
Detroit's bus system has come a long way. In January 2014, when Mayor Duggan took office, as little as 58% of the city's scheduled bus fleet made it on the road each day. The rest sat in garages due to mechanical issues or lack of drivers. Today, the Detroit Department of Transportation announced the first full scheduled pullout of 192 buses in years.
"Detroit officials unveiled a new, $3.5-million system of parking kiosks rolling out across the city that promises to make it easier to pay to park and reduce the risk of getting a parking ticket."
A summer jobs program for young Detroiters exceeded its goal and will provide work experience for nearly 5,600 kids, Mayor Mike Duggan said today.
"Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority is about six months ahead of its ambitious timetable to relight all neighborhoods by the end of the year. Officials say the installation of nearly 40,000 LED streetlights will be complete by the end of July." (The Detroit News, 6/15/2015)
“Every day, we are seeing increasing interest among people who want to live in Detroit, especially city employees,” Mayor Duggan said. “This great new program from Flagstar, along with our 50% Land Bank discount for city workers and improving city services, is helping Detroit to bring back home many of its workers.”
The app "marks a fundamental change in the way city government operates," Duggan said this morning, adding that the app allows residents to become city government's "eyes and ears" for problems that develop, from running water in basements at abandoned homes and nonworking traffic signals to missing manhole covers, downed streetlight poles and broken fire hydrants.
"Motor City Match pairs the best businesses from the city and around the world with Detroit’s best available real estate. The program helps businesses locate and thrive in Detroit by providing competitive grants, loans and counseling to building owners and business owners."
For the first time since 2005, the Detroit Housing Commission is under local control. In 2014, the Detroit Housing Commission "received a passing HUD inspection score for every public housing development for the first time in more than two decades."