Dearborn City Hall Relocating to New Home Sept. 22

September 4th, 2014
New Dearborn City Hall 2014

Dearborn City Hall will move to new offices Sept. 22. The new offices will be in a building now known as the Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave.

Dearborn’s City Hall is moving.

As of Monday, Sept. 22, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, City Clerk and many administrative departments will be conducting business about two miles west of the current City Hall.

The new offices will be in a building now known as the Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave.

It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue, generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of the Southfield Freeway.

It sits on the western edge of the city’s municipal complex, which includes the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, the Police Station and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, and an athletic field.

Customers will find it easier to navigate in the new building, with many popular services provided at a comprehensive counter immediately in the main entrance to the DAC. A staff person will be stationed in front of the main service counter to direct and assist.

Getting a birth certificate, registering to vote, applying for a building permit or certificate of occupancy, paying taxes and water bills, or filing a Homestead Property Tax Credit are among the services provided within a few steps of the main door.

The departments moving to the DAC are Assessor’s, Economic and Community Development, Engineering, Finance, Housing, Human Resources, Law and City Plan, Management Information Systems, Public Information, and Residential Services.

Departments still located in their own facilities are the Department of Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Libraries, Fire, Police and the Historical Museum.

City Council meetings are expected to begin taking place at the DAC with the regularly scheduled business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The current City Hall at 13615 Michigan Avenue will be closed for business as of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Information at 313-943-2285 or visit

Dearborn Offers Free Shredding Saturday, Sept. 13

September 3rd, 2014

The City of Dearborn is sponsoring a free document shredding day for residents 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 13 at the City of Dearborn DPW Yard, 2951 Greenfield Road, south of Rotunda Drive.

This event is open to Dearborn residents only and proof of residency is required.

There is a limit per person of five office sized boxes of personal documents and a maximum weight of 50 pounds.

The DPW Yard will not be open for any other services on September 13. For more information, please call 943-2433.


Dearborn Mayor says Scavengers Not allowed

August 19th, 2014

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. says the city is prohibiting any curbside scavenging of trash in Dearborn while crews are still cleaning up from the severe basement flooding that occurred Aug. 11 during the historic rainstorm.

His directive follows his emergency declaration of Aug. 13 in the wake of the basement flooding.

“For health and safety reasons, we can’t have people looking through trash bags and searching through piles of materials that are sometimes five feet high. We really can’t tell what is in the bags, but we know that materials are damaged from the flood, most likely contaminated with sewage. It is just not safe,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

In addition, reports have come in about scavengers creating litter by sorting through materials. City ordinance already prohibits curbside scavengers from creating litter and scattering trash while looking for discarded flood damaged materials they deem of value.

Scavengers, or anyone, can be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they are littering. The maximum penalty is $500 or 93 days in jail.

Residents should call the non-emergency police number at 943-2241 or the anonymous suspicious activity hotline at 943-3030 to report littering and to let police know if they are seeing scavengers in their neighborhoods sorting through flood damaged materials.


Dearborn says Flood Damaged Items Picked up Free

August 13th, 2014

Dearborn residents affected by basement flooding following the unprecedented amount rainfall on Aug. 11 are advised that damaged materials can be set at the curb on their regular trash day. There will be no special pickup fee assessed for flood-damaged material.

Until trash days, residents are encouraged to store the materials outside on their property in a manner that does not create a nuisance.

Note that carpet should be cut up and bundled in manageable pieces when set at the curb.

Trash and all loose debris should be bagged in heavy-duty trash bags.

Extra trash trucks from Republic Services will be dispatched each day.

The DPW yard, 2915 Greenfield, will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 (a regularly scheduled day) and again on Saturday, Aug. 23 for Dearborn residents to drop off items to be disposed. Residents must be able to lift and carry their own items at the DPW Yard.

Residents wanting information about cleaning up flooded basements and the process and requirements of filing a claim regarding flood damage can visit the city’s website at


Taubman Sells Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn

June 18th, 2014

Taubman Centers, owner and operator of malls and shopping centers across the U.S., announced today that it would sell seven of its 24 shipping center properties, including Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn, which first opened in 1976.

The properties are being purchased by Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm. Starwood will pay $785 million in cash and assume $620 million in debt, according to a statement Wednesday from the companies.

It isn’t yet clear what the new owners of Fairlane will change at the mall, if anything.

While Fairlane isn’t the draw it once was to many Dearbornites, the mall does deserve credit for keeping the facility in great shape over its 38 year existence.

Free Dearborn Summer Concerts Return June 13

June 4th, 2014

There’s music in the air as the summer outdoor concert series in the both east and west Dearborn downtown areas return, with the first concert June 13. All concerts are free.

The West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority hosts Friday Nites in the Park in the Bryant Library’s Muirhead Plaza at 22100 Michigan Ave.

All concerts are 6:30-9 p.m. and the lineup is as follows:

• June 13: The Beat Club (Beatles Tribute)

• June 27: The Sound Alternative Band

• July 11: Metro Jazz Voices (Carl Cafagna)

• July 25: Big Will & the 360º Band (rock and Latin jazz)

• August 8: Teen Angels

• August 22: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies

The June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 22 concerts will feature food truck rallies from 5-9 p.m. in parking lot B, located across the alley from the concerts.

The rain alternate location will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 16301 Michigan Ave.

For more information on the WDDDA’s concerts, visit

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s series starts July 9 and brings back popular jazz musicians to City Hall Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Schaefer on Wednesdays in July and August.

Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase at the park again this year.

All concerts are 7-9 p.m. The 2014 Jazz on the Ave schedule is:

• July 9: Alexander Zonjic & Friends

• July 16: Straight Ahead

• July 23: Jackiem Joyner

• July 30: Urban Jazz Coalition

• August 6: Kevin Toney

• August 13: Alexander Zonjic’s All Stars with Thornetta Davis and Motor City Horns

The July 30, August 6 and 13 concerts will also feature a temporary art display, the 12 on 12 Pop Up Art Gallery, from 5-9 p.m. at Dearborn City Hall. For more information on the EDDDA’s concerts, visit

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free entertainment.


Dearborn Puts Vacant Lot up for Sale, Hopes to Lure Developer

March 27th, 2014

Howard Street vacant propertyHoping to again try and jumpstart development in downtown West Dearborn, city officials are now trying to sell a prime piece of real estate to the person with the best idea and proof it can actually be delivered in a “timely” fashion.

The minimum bid is $20,000, and other criteria must be met under the request for proposal. Responses are due April 24.

The property is at 22190 Michigan Avenue, at the northeast corner of Howard Street, next door to the Biergarten. That bar was forced to close by the city Sept. 3, 2013 because of structural issues caused when the Brothers Tuxedo building was demolished in April 2012. City and Biergarten officials were surprised to find a large passageway about the size of a garage door that had been between the buildings.

The vacant lot is zoned for the highest intensity of commercial use.

City officials hope the development of the 70 foot by 116 foot vacant lot in the west downtown will be a catalyst project to amplify other significant investments in the district and spur additional activity.

Dearborn’s west downtown is a traditional, walkable destination but has fallen on tough times with numerous vacant dirty buildings, unkept sidewalks and few destinations. Elected officials, desperate to show they are doing something in the area, have generally allowed any type of business to come into the area, which has done little to attract quality businesses.

While other cities have slowly comeback from the nationwide financial crisis in 2008 that slowed momentum across Michigan, Dearborn continues to struggle only adding the occasional restaurant or hookah lounge.

The city acquired the property at 22910 Michigan Avenue from Wayne County through the foreclosure process. City leaders say another property on Michigan Avenue offered for sale under similar circumstances now is the focus of hotel project, along with several new restaurants and businesses.

City leaders say that those submitting proposals for 22910 Michigan Avenue will be able to take advantage of infrastructure improvements to the district, including the resurfacing of Michigan Avenue, the redesign and resurfacing of all City-owned parking areas in the district, upgrades to a popular and well-used pedestrian and bicycle path, and the construction of a new intermodal passenger rail station.

It is one of the busiest commercial districts in southeast Michigan, and is close to the Southfield Freeway. There are 50,000 vehicles per day on Michigan Avenue and about 100,000 vehicles per day on the Southfield Freeway that travel near this property.

Those interested in developing this property should know that while the submitted price will be one factor, the design and catalytic integrity of the proposed redevelopment, financial capacity and redevelopment experience of the project team, and the ability to complete the project according to the city’s schedule are even more important criteria.

Interested developers are asked to contact Purchasing Agent Rae Townsel at 313-943-2209 or email her at for details and an information packet.


Entries Sought for Big Read Dearborn Photo Contest

March 1st, 2014

Big Read Dearborn logoThe Big Read Dearborn, a community-wide reading celebration, is calling for entries in an open photo competition to recognize outstanding photographic images featuring themes of nature, wildlife and the environment.

The photo competition is one of a variety of activities the Dearborn Public Library is hosting this spring during The Big Read Dearborn to encourage people across the city to read “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Amateur and professional photographers 14 years of age or older are welcome to submit up to two works in the juried photo competition. Dearborn residency is not required to enter this competition. Entries are due on April 28. Entry fees are $15 for one entry or $25 for two entries per artist.

The juror is award-winning Michigan photographer Monte Nagler. He studied with renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Nagler’s work can be found in many public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, General Motors and others.

A non-juried Junior Photo Competition is open to children through age 18. There is no fee for this competition.

For entry forms and specific details about preparing and delivering entries for submission in the competition(s), download the entry form online at, pick up an entry form at any Dearborn Public Library location or the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or call 313-943-5478.

The photo competition is coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund, one of many local organizations partnering with the Dearborn Public Library to present The Big Read Dearborn.

Many additional activities will take place March 8 through May 17 as part of The Big Read Dearborn beginning with a free kickoff event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 8 at The Henry Ford.

More information, including a complete list of activities, events, partners and sponsors of The Big Read Dearborn, is online at

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Dearborn Residents Can Order Trees Through City

February 17th, 2014

Beginning this week, and for a limited time, Dearborn residents can order affordable trees that will be planted on the easement in front of their homes.

The annual spring tree planting program is open to Dearborn residents only.

Each tree costs $175 plus tax, and the supply of trees for the program is limited. Trees range in size from 8 – 10 feet in height and are sold on a first come, first served basis through Dearborn’s Department of Public Works.

Residents can choose from an assortment of trees. Each species offered meets American Association of Nurserymen standards and is zone hardy.

To place an order after Feb. 14 or to request a selection guide, residents can call 943-2317 or visit

This year’s selections include: “Ivory Silk” Japanese Tree Lilac, “Green Vase” Zelkova, American Hornbeam, “Brandywine” Red Maple, Corzam or Corinthian Linden, Golden Rain, American Yellowwood, Ginkgo Tree/Maidenhair Tree, “Lustre” Allegheny Serviceberry and Sugar Maple “Legacy”.

Homeowners can suggest an easement planting location and city personnel will have final approval.

The area between resident’s sidewalk and curb must be a minimum of 4 feet wide to accommodate a tree. Public Works officials will decide if there is adequate space in the easement of a property owner’s home for a tree. Multiple trees may be ordered if correct spacing is available.

Trees will be planted by a contractor and have a one-year warranty. Planting usually takes place in late April and should be complete by the end of June. The contractor is responsible for planting, mulching, staking, pruning, watering and clean up at the time of planting.

At the end of the first year, the contractor will provide a final inspection and remove tree stakes and bracing.

Residents will be billed by the City of Dearborn after tree planting is complete, usually in July.

City Hall, Courts, Libraries closed for Presidents Day; Trash Pickup on Normal Schedule

February 16th, 2014

Dearborn City Hall, the 19th District Courts and the libraries will be closed in honor of Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17.

Curbside trash and recycling pick-up in the City will be on its regular schedule the week of Feb. 17-Feb. 21.

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., is open from 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., its normal schedule. However, the Senior Center will be closed.

The Dearborn Ice Skating Center (DISC), 14900 Ford Road, will be open at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for open skating. For more information on ice time availability, call 943-4098.