Creating Space Detroit

We plan to change the unused, overgrown parts of the Bagley (and surrounding) neighborhoods into safe, usable spaces for the residents of the area.  We are transforming a local empty lot into a pocket park and from there, start working to convert the overgrown alleys into maintained and well-lit paths for bicycles and pedestrians and convert an empty house into a community center..  Every neighborhood needs a place to come together.
Help us create that for the families and neighbors of the Bagley community!

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS

The best thing about Detroit is it's vast opportunity.  This is a unique time and place, where vision meets affordability. Our current focus is to complete the transformation of a corner lot into a community pocket park.  We have been maintaining the lot to date by keeping it trimmed and cleared of trash. Soon we are going to finish turning what was once an eyesore into a pleasant space for residents of all ages.The park will serve as a community gathering space -- for PLAY, EXPLORATION, and LEARNING -- even relaxation for adults! Creating Space Detroit believes that you shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to have a safe place to gather.  

WHAT'S NEXT? We are also working to purchase and rehabilitate a blighted structure in the Bagley area to repurpose it into a neighborhood center where residents can reserve meeting room space, convene groups, and attend classes. Threaded through each of our projects will be a strong element of art and design, an effort to use local resources, and a commitment to environmentally conscious practices.  We will draw from the community for its talent and plan to give back via employment and educational opportunities.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Victoria Sahami
    Boardmember and COO
    Victoria has been a part of the Bagley community since 2015.  From a conversation about the state of the local alleys, she was prompted to join forces with Samoy and Joe to form Creating Space Detroit.  A lifelong environmentalist and educator, she is excited to help transform the neglected spaces of Bagley into new useable spaces. 
  • Samoy Smith
    Boardmember and CFO
    Congratulations to Samoy for being selected as a Detroit Innovation Fellow!

    Samoy Smith was born in Detroit and raised with her two older brothers by an immigrant single mother on the city’s west side. She attended Detroit Public Schools until high school. During her time in middle school, she began attending Genesis Youth Group at Messiah Church in Southwest Detroit where she first learned how to serve through leadership. She graduated from Ferndale High School and went on to study Early Childhood Education at Eastern Michigan University.
  • Joe Marra
    Boardmember and CEO
    Congratulations to Joe for being selected as a Detroit Innovation Fellow!

    Joe is a well known figure in Bagley and can often be found volunteering his time and skills to help clear empty lots and alleys. A "tree guy" by trade, Joe will direct our transformation projects bringing a lifetime of experience to each one.
  • Our first project

    Our first project is the transformation of a vacant corner lot into a pleasant and welcoming neighborhood park.  As of September, 2018 we are well on our way!