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MSU’s U.S. EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation is excited to share new 2022 Student-Led/Faculty-Guided project: the Vanguard Community Development Corporation Commercial Campus Study. Student-Led/Faculty-Guided projects can be coordinated with colleges and universities throughout Michigan working with community partners. In this case, students from MSU’s School of Planning, Design, and Construction with guidance, from Dr. Zenia Kotval, will work with the Vanguard Community Development Corporation - a nonprofit community development corporation that is committed to the advancement of Detroit’s Historic North End Business District. Students will conduct a feasibility study and development plan to assist Vanguard’s revitalization of properties along the East Grand Boulevard, in the vicinity of Vanguard’s Community Campus. This project will aim to address the needs of long-time community residents who have been negatively impacted by gentrification, by repurposing establishments to better serve the community. For more information regarding this Student-Led/Faculty-Guided project, please visit here.

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