EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Fairlane Town Center

Project Details

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Spring, 2017

Authors: Dr. Zenia Kotval, Michigan State University & Jeff Polkowski, City of Dearborn


This project focused on the automobile-oriented Fairlane Planning Area located in the center of the City. Dearborn planners inspired the students to develop a redevelopment project to integrate the mall site with the rest of the Dearborn community. It was the City's goal to partner with MSU student planners to create a Vision Plan and Economic Development Strategy that will include recommendations for connectivity, beautification, urban design and redevelopment opportunities. The City would like to attract commercial and residential redevelopment, improve connections between the east and west Dearborn, identify underutilized land, and enhance pedestrian access.

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