We Are Imagining Home on the Old West Side

We are very grateful to The Kresge Foundation for believing in our sonic vision for The Blue Bird neighborhood and community. The planning begins now thanks to their support. With this grant we will conduct community engagement and initial design for the redevelopment of the Blue Bird Inn, an iconic jazz club on Detroit’s west side, into a neighborhood hub for music performance and community connection. Our hope is that future performances will elevate the legacy of the club, on Tireman near Beechwood, which closed in the early 2000s.

You can read more of work with the site and the Blue Bird Stage here.

As of June 2018, the building at 5021 Tireman has entered building purgatory. It has been foreclosed, we have put in an application with the Detroit Land Bank, and now we wait. Sometimes people just need to see that a building is empty so that they will leave it alone so we are going to leave this hole for now. The damage has been done. The building is a shell. We will continue to monitor and hope for a speedy process to ownership. In the meantime, we are attending local meetings and engaging our potential future neighbors.

To learn more contact us at info@detroitsound.org or call direct at 313-444-8242

About our sponsor: The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. For more information visit kresge.org.

Rendering by Julia Alderson who graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She is currently working towards her goal of Professional Licensure in New York. Her portfolio can be found here.

Programming

We will be activating the Historic Blue Bird Inn Stage as part of our KIPDetroit grant in late October and early November.

We will also be hosting a mini-conference on our work in the neighborhood on November 3rd. Find out more and RSVP here.

Community Engagement

We are excited to announce our new #KIPDetroit community engagement intern Rukiya Colvin. Colvin is a Masters Student in Urban Planning with a focus on community and housing development at Wayne State University. She will be hosted by Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez at her office in Detroit District 6 and sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. Among other initiatives, Rukiya will be gathering data for an historical musical asset map of sites within a roughly 2-mile radius of the Blue Bird.

Updated 28 September 2018