The physical spaces we occupy — our housing, workplaces, public spaces, parks, community facilities, and more — have a profound impact on our quality of life. The legacy of Detroit’s built environment includes a rich history of architecture and public space from when the city was known as “the Paris of the Midwest,” as well as a history of disinvestment, blight and decay. The legacy is complicated by a history of revitalization initiatives that have displaced residents and erased vibrant communities of color. Hudson-Webber invests in the work that Detroiters are doing today to reimagine the city’s built environment as one of inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, and connectedness. The Foundation seeks to increase the prevalence of quality physical spaces that reflect and enhance our diverse cultures, shared identities, and highest aspirations for our community. The Foundation accomplishes this through investing in built-environment projects and by strengthening the field of practitioners that support the creation and stewardship of quality physical spaces.

Grant Highlights

Motown Historical Museum was awarded a $500,000 grant, to renovate and expand the Motown Museum facility.

Invest Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund was awarded a $1 million grant to invest in real estate development and public infrastructure in the Southwest, West Village and Livernois-McNichols Corridor neighborhoods.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy was awarded a $125,000 grant to support land-use inclusive planning processes for the Detroit Riverfront.

Bell Isle Conservancy (Oudolf Garden Detroit) was awarded a $750,000 grant, to create a new public garden designed by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf on Belle Isle.

Design Core Detroit (CCS) was awarded a $25,000 grant, to improve access to and awareness of professional design services for neighborhood small business.