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End of Summer

Wow, 150 years! Take a look around – it is still obvious why our founding families settled here. With our beautiful natural features and strategic central location, Brighton was an ideal place to build a vibrant community.  Although we only have 7,600 residents, we have become a “home” to so many more.   Take the Brighton 150th Block Party for example where an estimated 10,000 people gathered to celebrate with us. Our community is much larger than our City boundaries and we are proud of that.


  
Speaking of gathering, Millpond Park is our community’s central gathering place and it’s getting a major makeover!  The City’s Downtown Development Authority is advancing the long-awaited Millpond Band Shell and Amphitheater revitalization.  This public improvement will make the Millpond more suitable for gatherings and environmentally sustainable by reducing stormwater runoff and improving Millpond water quality.

 

In addition to this exciting public investment, several projects are progressing. The University of Michigan’s Brighton Center for Specialty Care is moving full speed ahead and plans to hire 500 employees to serve 1,200 to 1,300 patients per day. Many of our residents will benefit from access to local healthcare and will no longer have to travel US-23 to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

 

The Downtown Development Authority is also working with a developer to build a new multi-family development that will offer a diverse mix of condos for all family types along Second Street. Once complete, this development will surely attract empty-nesters and young professionals. Given what we have been hearing from market experts, demand is strong for housing options near a thriving downtown like Brighton.


 
Cheresko Development is moving forward with a redevelopment project on Main Street that has captured the hearts of many. Frequently, I witness groups of people looking at the development rendering posted in front of the construction site talking about the new restaurants, offices, and apartments, or commenting on how much more vibrant that block will be when complete. Cheresko Development’s design sets a high standard for quality. Are there more investments like this coming? Only time will tell, however, we are ready to assist anyone looking to invest in our great community – residential, commercial, or otherwise.

 

Summer may be coming to a close and our kids and grandkids may be going back to school, but we’re not calling it quits just yet. I can assure you, your City Staff’s energy is far from winding down. Over the last couple of months, I have received numerous notes of appreciation for the efforts of our staff – big and small.
 
Seeing such positive support for our City is the ultimate source of satisfaction for any public official whether City Manager, City Councilmember, or otherwise. Although development interest is strong and we are seeing renewed energy throughout the community, we still have challenges ahead of us.  We are being smart about how we work to address them. Working with a dedicated group of elected and appointed individuals, we seek collaborative, constructive, and balanced approaches to strengthening our community. We are glad you are a part of it. 

Posted: 9/1/2017 by Jessica Reed

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