Property improvement grants pay dividends in Southfield

The Cornerstone Development Authority (CDA) has awarded two $15,000 grants to the owners of Greenfield Plaza and Northland Towers respectively as part of a Property Improvement Grant program designed to assist property owners with landscaping and streetscape improvements. The grants are stimulating a new wave of property enhancements in the lower southeast corner of the city of Southfield known as the Cornerstone District.

“This is a wonderful program for any business located in the Cornerstone District,” said Andy Armstrong, property manager for Northland Towers. “Our tenants are extremely pleased with the new landscaping at our facility and we wouldn’t have been able to do it, had it not been for the CDA.”

The CDA sends out property improvement grant applications twice a year to property owners and managers responsible for structures within the Cornerstone District. The applications go out at the beginning of the year for spring implementation and again at the end of summer for fall projects.

“Typically we set a deadline for returning the applications,” said Mary Daley, interim executive director for the Cornerstone Development Authority. “The application itself is pretty straight forward. The applicants must secure three quotes for the work they’re proposing.”

Once the applications are received, the CDA and a landscape architect review the applications and select the recipients. Once the recipients have been officially notified, work can begin on their projects. All work must be completed and inspected before any grant money is awarded.

“Northland Towers are looking good,” said Daley. “The entrances of the buildings have all been updated and the owners of Greenfield Plaza have installed some wonderful new landscaping.”

For more information on how to apply for a Property Improvement Grant, Cornerstone District property owners and managers can contact Mary Daley at (248) 796-5196.

The Cornerstone Development Authority is the downtown development authority for the City of Southfield. It is comprised of a 12-member board of directors appointed by the mayor, and a full-time operating staff. Board meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of every other month at the Millennium Centre Theatre on J.L. Hudson Drive.