The Obama is the second completed project citywide to receive funding through Mayor Mike Duggan’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund initiative, a public-private partnership administered by Invest Detroit that raises funds from philanthropic partners and then invests that money into 10 neighborhoods spread across the city, including Old Redford.

The building’s name comes from a painting of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dancing by Detroit artist Chazz Miller that hung on the abandoned building for years before The Platform began renovating the structure in November of last year. The painting has been restored and preserved and will be prominently displayed inside the building.

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