Greektown unveils plans for new pedestrian plaza

Posted at 8:04 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 08:08:45-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A new pedestrian plaza is coming to Detroit's Greektown neighborhood.

The plaza is set to be built in phases right along Randolph Street between Monroe and Gratiot.

The Greektown Neighborhood Partnership says the pedestrian friendly plaza will be a way to connect Greektown with the central downtown area.

Greektown Neighborhood Partnership has been awarded a grant to support the development of Randolph Plaza as a downtown public park space and bicycle connector through the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds for Design and Access of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The $50,000 grant funding will spur the next phase in development of the first public space developed in the Greektown district in close collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, City of Detroit, Michigan Department of Transportation, Quicken Loans Community Fund, and local business and property owners.

Plans include a space for outdoor seating as well as a large Greektown sign to serve as a signature landmark.

“Building upon the Greektown Neighborhood Framework Vision, a community-led urban planning initiative released in September 2019 and adopted by the City of Detroit, the development of Randolph Plaza will connect Greektown with the wider downtown and complement forthcoming development in the district, while supporting the existing businesses in the area,” explained Melanie Markowicz, Executive Director of Greektown Neighborhood Partnership. The recently announced proposed Exchange residential development abuts Randolph Plaza, and businesses on the plaza including the Baltimore Bar, The Well, and Buffalo Wild Wings are establishing new outdoor cafes.