The Grand River @ 14th social justice hub is a development that supports our mission to end mass incarceration by building spaces that foster economic growth and agency.
After five years of engaging Detroit neighborhood stakeholders and justice-based organizations — including for the adaptive reuse of the neighboring LOVE Building — Designing Justice + Designing Spaces purchased the Grand River @ 14th lots as an opportunity to meet local infrastructure needs discovered in the engagement process. For updates on the Grand River @ 14th project, sign up for our Detroit newsletter.
Grand River @ 14th is planned as a social justice campus for community, small locally-owned businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The campus will center around three main infrastructure themes: restorative justice spaces, food and retail ecosystem, and digital media and fabrication.
The buildings and spaces are intended to be a national model for what to build instead of prisons, and contribute to the vision of Detroit becoming the country’s first restorative justice city. If this is a place that your business or organization would like to be part of, please email email@example.com.
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces wants to create a replicable development process that includes community members at the start and centers the lived experience of those who have been impacted by the carceral system. Grand River @ 14th can become an anchor where businesses – instead of shuffling around and constantly needing to find new space – can not only have a home, but a future stake in equity.
As part of our development process, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces has engaged local Detroit leaders for a Community Activators Board, to help steward the infrastructure needed to support people who are formerly incarcerated.
As we ignite radical imagination to envision the future of the Grand River @ 14th campus, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces is testing ideas with the local community, to create pop-up activations that can inform the permanent infrastructure. To date, the Community Activators Board has ideated and built on the corner of 14th St. and W. Forest Ave. a L.O.V.E. letter installation and a community picnic table, with more pop-up activations planned for fall 2023.
Our goal is to scaffold the process of supporting local businesses as we continue with community engagement. tenant cultivation, space programming, and financial modeling.
``We are building a world that works for everyone, especially those who have been harmed by incarceration systems.``
Brandi Mack, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces Director of Community Engagement