Grand River corridor project area focus of cleanup on Saturday
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One of the finished murals by Kobie Solomon along the Grand River Creative Corridor.
Photo: Photos courtesy of Derek Weaver
The Grand River Creative Corridor, a group headed by Detroit property manager Derek Weaver that aims to clean and redesign a half-mile stretch of Grand River between Warren and Rosa Parks, is joining 300 expected volunteers in a cleanup Saturday.
The volunteers will pick up garbage, weed, trim trees and repaint the half-mile stretch.
Contributing to the cleanup:
- MotorCity Casino Hotel will provide 300 box lunches, 350 pairs of work gloves, 700 trash bags, two large dumpsters, weed killers and sprayers, and other clean-up tools.
- Home Depot has donated 50 gallons of exterior paint through suppliers AkzoNobel Paints Inc., maker of Glidden paint, and California-based Behr Process Corp., make of Behr paints.
- Chicago-based Groupon – unrelated to Saturday's cleanup - has also organized a fundraising campaign on its website to accept donations on behalf of the GRCC Detroit project.
Weaver, 25, spearheaded the Grand River Creative Corridor July 15 to help redevelop the area.
A large part of the effort involves graffiti murals, which are being painted on many nearby buildings.
The artwork and cleaning is part of an effort to make the stretch more attractive to small businesses as well as investors.
Since the project started, dozens of murals have been painted on nearby buildings.
The cleanup Saturday begins at 10 a.m. and volunteers are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. at 4731 Grand River at the business and art incubator that Weaver manages.
There are two three-hour shifts, with a lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The second shift begins at 2 p.m.