LEAP calls on Detroiters to support Green Zone

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A community meeting to discuss the The Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) Green Zone Project is from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday in Detroit.

LEAP is hosting a Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting for Green Zone strategies at the Eastside Community Network Head Office, 4401 Conner. A light dinner will be served.

The LEAP Green Zone Project is a revitalization strategy designed to attract new investment to Detroit’s Eastside and support the development of green investment in the neighborhood.

With input and support from Eastside residents and businesses, LEAP is aiming to be designated as Green Zone, said Community Engagement Director Sherita Smith.

“The potential impact the Green Zone can have on Detroit’s eastside is significant. Since the launch of LEAP, eastside residents and businesses have come together to re-purpose vacant land, reduce blight, build healthy neighborhoods for residents and create a strong economic future for our youth,” Smith said.

“At this upcoming meeting, we hope to engage more residents and businesses to develop green zone projects as well as attract new investors to the area, ultimately creating a vibrant eastside community of choice,” she said.

LEAP is funded by the Erb Family Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Chase Bank, Bank of America, Quicken Loans and the Knight Foundation. It was launched in 2012.