The View from Ward 2: Issue #32

Detroit Sloane Streetscape Improvements

The Director of Planning & Development, Shawn Leininger, has informed Council that the streetscape designs for the Detroit Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements are ready to be reviewed by the Architectural Board of Review. This project will “transform the pivotal stretch of Detroit Avenue between Sloane Avenue and Graber Drive from a busy vehicular passthrough to a visually appealing, pedestrian-and cyclist friend focal point of Western Lakewood.” We are excited to start improving this gateway into Lakewood.
Dir. Leininger shared that the City staff has worked with residents and the Tree Task Force to ensure that the landscape materials are appropriate for the location, and that they are also low-maintenance and climate appropriate. Regarding public art, Dir. Leininger stated that, “[C]ertain elements shown in the renderings are placeholders for public art. As an example, the streetcar elements shown on the northwest and northeast corners of Detroit Sloane and in front of Harry Buffalo are such placeholders and do not depict what will ultimately be constructed. By the end of the year, the City will work with the resident-led Public Art Advisory Group to establish a call a call for artists to establish the theme for public art throughout the corridor.” The current draft of the streetscape plans can be found here.
This project will be discussed at the upcoming Architectural Board of Review meeting on September 10th at 5:30 PM. if you are interested in virtually attending the  meeting please visit for details.

City Council is Now on Zoom & Streaming Live on YouTube

Starting Monday, September 8th, all City Council General Meetings and Committee Meetings will be held on Zoom. All meetings will be livestreamed on the City of Lakewood’s YouTube page at
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