Southfield, MI - /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Southfield's Mayor Kenson Siver gave his seventh State of the City Address (SOTC) on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, highlighting exciting new developments.
Business leaders and government officials mingled while enjoying a highlight video from the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce. View video. 220 guests enjoyed lunch and listened to several engaging presenters. View full event video.
Mayor Siver began his remarks with announcements regarding new housing, business developments, and public art in Southfield. He highlighted the city's commitment to transforming Southfield into a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community. The new Northland City Center was the star of the luncheon. It is an adaptive reuse project that honors the history of the original Northland Mall, taking the past and moving it into the future. View video.
This year's new format included a panel discussion moderated by Mayor Siver. David Dedvukaj, COO of Contour Companies shared the groundbreaking of the 200 multi-unit apartments including 32,000 sq. feet of commercial retail space for the new Northland City Center development. Terry Croad, Director of Planning for the city said that in his 35+ years of work as a planner, "things are changing quicker than they ever have in my entire career." Willie Bell from F.A.R.M. inquired about Southfield's plans to include more affordable housing. Mr. Croad explained plans to include alternative means of construction such as tiny homes, accessory dwelling units, and shipping containers.
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence emphasized the importance of green spaces and water use, as federal funds are available for such initiatives. Mr. Croad shared updates to zoning ordinances for green infrastructure, walkability, and bikeability. Mr. Dedvukaj supported this, as the Northland City Center development will be a green-friendly downtown attraction for the City of Southfield.
Charles Hicks of SPS Board of Education inquired about student internship opportunities. Mr. Dedvukaj replied there are opportunities for Southfield students. Delores Flagg, Chairperson of Southfield Public Arts Commission highlighted art initiatives within the city. Additional presenters included Roland A. Cruickshank, Interim Regional President & CEO at Ascension - Metro West Region, Dr. Tarek M. Sobh, President of Lawrence Technological University, and Gene Spektor, Senior VP of Sales & New Business Development for North America Marelli.
Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett announced a 3-year commitment from Oakland County to have a Business Forward consultant housed in their city hall. She shared that Governor Whitmer awarded the Village a $232,000 Michigan Clean water grant.