For many that live on the east side, whether with in the city or in the suburbs, it’s more than likely that you’ve travel Jefferson once or twice. And for those that have, you’ve driven through the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. Located between Conner Avenue and Alter road, the neighborhood is filled with residential and commercial buildings that date back as far as the 1920’s. The Jefferson-Chalmers are was just announced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as National Treasure. The first in Michigan to earn this distinction.
From the Crain’s Detroit Business article
The designation from the nonprofit organization means the neighborhood will have the attention and resources of the national organization to preserve and improve its buildings, said Mary Lu Seidel, National Trust for Historic Preservation Chicago field director who also is project manager for the Jefferson-Chalmers project.
“Jefferson-Chalmers has good bones, a strong local partner (business development organization Jefferson East Inc.) and is on the tipping point of becoming better or worse. It has great assets and a strongly engaged community,” she said.
“We’re looking to get involved in neighborhoods that suffered loss and disinvestment yet support rebuilding of the neighborhood in a way that benefits the community.”
Seidel has been meeting with Detroit partners and stakeholders such as JEI, the city of Detroit,Detroit Future City, Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Detroit since February 2015 to determine the potential and impact of Jefferson-Chalmers and other Detroit neighborhoods being named a National Treasure.
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