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 multi-generational park and an adjacent bllighted house into a community center!  Long term, we plan to convert the overgrown alleys into maintained and well-lit paths for bicycles and pedestrians.  Every neighborhood needs a place to come together. Help us create that for the families and neighbors of the Bagley community!

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS

BAGLEY COMMUNITY PARK   Starting with our purchase of the 2 vacant lots at the corner of Santa Maria and Northlawn in early 2018, we have begun the transformation of what was once a neighborhood dumping ground into a multi-generational park.  In May, 2018 we had a work party where we began work on a path and a shelter in the park.  Today the path and shelter along with a firepit have been completed.  Planter boxes have been built and are placed around the edges of the park and soon, we will be fixing several benches into the ground.  Winter is here so our final landscaping will happen when the weather improves in time for next summer.   

BAGLEY COMMUNITY CENTER  In early November, 2018 we received a generous donation of the empty, blighted house adjacent to our park!  We are now beginning the hard work to transform the house into a neighborhood asset as a community center.  Our plans include neighborhood discussions to get feedback from the community on what neighbors would like to see included in the Community Center.  We are also working on developing community partnerships and very importantly, funding.  The house is going to require a tremendous amount of work to get into a useable state and so we will be doing alot of fundraising efforts as we try to get the work done!  ANYTHING HELPS.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our team of volunteers or if you have a community partnership to recommend, please contact us by email directly here If you would like to make a cash donation to help us build the community center, please do so through the here! 

BIKE PATHS As part of our long range mission, we plan to begin cleaning up and transforming the overgrown alleys in the neighborhood so that they can be used as walk/bike paths as well as access for service companies such as DTE and the Fire Department again.  

The best thing about Detroit is it's vast opportunity.  This is a unique time and place, where vision meets affordability. Creating Space Detroit believes that you shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to have a safe place to enjoy the outdoors or to gather. 
 

WHAT'S NEXT? The immediate future involves alot of effort to create a Community Center where residents can reserve meeting room space, students can receive after-school tutoring or college prep sessions, adults can attend continuing education 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 as much as possible.

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!