Van Born corridor business district closer to reality – Press and Guide

Back in 2017, the cities of Taylor and Dearborn Heights began work on the Van Born Corridor, a section where the two cities adjoin.

According to officials at the time, the area was in disarray and not very attractive to new businesses, and the cities decided to work together to revitalize the area.

The work has continued for five years and is beginning to pay off.

A look at what the Van Born Corridor could look like when it's finished.  (Graphic courtesy of Wade Trim)
A look at what the Van Born corridor might look like when it’s finished. (Graphic courtesy of Wade Trim)

At a recent meeting of the Dearborn Heights Planning Commission, Arthur Mullen, a planner from Wade Trim, spoke about some of the work that had been done to that point.

He said they are working on beautification issues as well as new ordinances for the “Taylor Dearborn Heights Gateway Overlay District,” as it’s officially known.

“We had a very good working group,” Mullen said. “We’ve spent a lot of time working on ordinances for the overlay district to be consistent in both cities.”

Mullen said they began by deciding exactly what the area should look like, then combed through both the Taylor and Dearborn Heights ordinances to see what part of each city’s new look was already codified.

Then they made an ordinance proposal for that overlay district for both city councils to approve.

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