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St. Martha's Commons Community Vision (2012)
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - 2012
Authors: Lauren A. Chapman, Patrick D. Crawford, Michael R. French, Christopher T. Hughes, Yiming Li, Sharnese L Marshall, Melinda R. McIntosh, & Alexxa B. Young, Michigan State University
The St. Martha's Episcopal Church Project was a community-based effort to redevelop and repurpose a 22,000 square foot church located at 15801 Joy Road in Detroit. The church is a part of a commons area anchored by a senior citizen housing complex known as the Village of St. Martha's and is owned by the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. The larger project area included a vacant Wayne County community college building, a vacant high school, the City of Detroit West Side Bus Terminal, a Michigan Department of Social Services building, Christ Child Society Boys Home, the Islamic Center of Detroit, and a vacant apartment building. The goal of the group was to redevelop the church for a health and wellness community center and to integrate the new use into a viable community plan for the overall area.