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6 metro Detroit projects to receive millions in new Michigan state budget

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 7/2/2022 Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer funded dozens of projects across metro Detroit and the state, dedicating more than $1 billion toward these endeavors in the $76 billion budget approved early Friday morning. 

The budget, slated to take effect on Oct. 1 at the start of the new financial year, is buoyed by billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding. From massive new health care projects to small community initiatives, the new money will have an obvious impact in the months and years ahead. 

Here's a look at a few of the marquee projects that received funding in metro Detroit.

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$130 million for an electric vehicle center at the University of Michigan 

The budget includes specific details for a new Electric Vehicle Teaching, Training, and Development Center at the university's Ann Arbor campus. The university needs to provide a report to the Legislature explaining how it used the money, including descriptions of projects underway at the center, timelines for achieving milestones in helping economic development related to electric vehicles and more. 

$100 million for a Wayne State University cancer institute  

One of the largest allocations went to the Detroit university's school of medicine. Wayne State will partner with a cancer institute and must provide lawmakers with updates on the project. 


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$40 million for the Joe Louis Greenway 

The budget allocates the money for a "29-mile recreational greenway project connecting multiple neighborhoods and municipalities that promotes and enhances public recreation, equity, tourism, and economic development and recovery." 

It's clearly indicating the Joe Louis Greenway  is a project that's slated to connect multiple Detroit neighborhoods with new walking trails. The plan is intended to connect multiple different greenways and provide easier access to natural walking space for a city that hasn't always offered such amenities to all residents. The project is slated to cost more than $200 million and is slated for completion by 2030, according to a city news release. 

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$32 million to reconstruct Mound Road 

Every Michigander has a personal story about a local roadway that's in desperate need of repairs. For many drivers in Oakland and Macomb counties, those tales involve Mound Road. 

There's currently a project underway to completely reconstruct the high-traffic street between I-696 and M-59. The project will go beyond resurfacing the road: it'll create a fourth lane in both directions in some parts, widen the road in general and more, according to an overview of the project

$10 million for Detroit museums 

The budget allocates $6 million for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, located in downtown Detroit. Another $4 million is slated for the Detroit Historical Society

$1 million for new Sterling Heights community center 

The city will receive the money to purchase the old Fillmore Elementary School, closed in 2016. The money is intended for the city to turn the school building into a new recreational center. 

Contact Dave Boucher: dboucher@freepress.com or 313-938-4591. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1.

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