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.


Dearborn Declares Snow Emergency From noon Monday, Jan. 27 through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28

January 27th, 2014

The City of Dearborn is declaring a snow emergency from noon Monday, Jan. 27 through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The City’s outdoor sirens will sound at noon to announce the snow emergency, and again Monday evening and Tuesday morning as reminders.

When a snow emergency is in effect, parked vehicles must be removed from the roads to allow for safer and more effective snow plowing. Parked vehicles will be ticketed. Police do not issue warnings. Tickets are $40 if paid within three days, $80 if paid later.

The declaration of the snow emergency over two days will allow crews to clear the roads of accumulated snow, keeping the streets safe for driving, said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.

Plowing on Monday and Tuesday will also prepare the roads for more snow predicted later this week.

Extreme bitter temperatures mean that salt will not work to melt the snow, and so plowing is needed.

If roads can be cleared by plows on Monday and Tuesday, then it is likely only salt will be needed when temperatures rise later in the week. The City does not usually call a snow emergency when only salt is used.

“We know snow emergencies can be inconvenient for people because they must move their parked cars off the street,” said Mayor O’Reilly. “But that inconvenience is outweighed by the need to keep streets passable for all drivers, and to allow emergency vehicles speedy access to everyone across Dearborn.”

The mayor said it is important that people move their parked cars each time a snow emergency is declared, not just to avoid tickets, but also to prevent snow from accumulating at the curb. Over time, and with the repeated snowfalls the region has experienced in January, the snow buildup can limit drivers’ ability to safely navigate two-way traffic on residential streets.

Dearborn’s Free Winter Market Begins Dec. 22

December 18th, 2013

Do you enjoy the Dearborn Farmer’s and Artisan Market throughout the spring, summer and fall?

Now you can extend that feeling throughout the winter, beginning on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The City of Dearborn, the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Farmer’s Market are joining forces to present a Winter Market one Sunday of each month during the off season.

The market will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. inside the Hubbard Ballroom. Admission and parking are both free at The Center.

Popular vendors from the summer version will be on hand for the Winter Market, include those selling edible goods, like gourmet chocolate, frozen pasties, hot sauce and kettle corn.

High-quality crafters will also be part of the Winter Market, with some new additions anticipated.

On Dec. 22, visitors to the Winter Market will find Pulse Jewelry and Swarovski crystal jewelry, JennaMarie Chocolates, Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces, plus vendors selling teas, scarves, paintings, gourmet cheese and sodas, garden art, photo prints and more.

Visitors will also have the chance to sample foods from local restaurants, including popular Dearborn Thai eatery Bangkok 96, and Dearborn Heights fast food restaurant Del Taco.

The Winter Market in December will focus on ideas for holiday gift-giving, and then offer unique shopping experiences on January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 13.

For those not looking to shop, the market will also feature musical and other performances.

On Dec. 22, visitors can enjoy jazzy holiday tunes featuring Marty Heger Jr. from 11a.m. -noon, and then pianist and Chamber official Wendy Fichter playing seasonal music 1-2 p.m.

The Henry Ford Community College Ice Carving Team, on winter break through the holidays, will do live carving demonstrations at the market starting in January.


Dearborn’s Seasonal Services Coming to End for Year

November 25th, 2013

Dearborn Crest LogoDearborn’s seasonal services are coming to an end for the year.

– Loose leaf collection ends the week of Dec. 2.-7

– Curbside yard waste collection ends the week of Dec. 9-13. It resumes again in March.

– Public Service Days for the year ends Nov. 30, which means residents can now keep vehicles parked in the street on trash collection days

While loose leaf collection is scheduled to end the week of Dec. 2-7, that doesn’t mean residents should rake leaves into the street. Weather permitting, crews will be out doing a final pickup of leaves raked into the street — but only in specific districts.

The final week of loose leaf pickup will be for neighborhoods that recycle on the “A” week schedule. Crews will be by on trash days.

Residents with the “B” week recycling schedule will have one final pickup the week of Nov. 25-Nov. 30. (Note this is Thanksgiving week, and neither leaves nor trash will not be picked up on the holiday.)

Dearborn officials remind residents that not every block in every district can be picked up on one day, and so some properties may have already had their last collection of loose leaves.

At this stage of the year, the best bet for residents is to bag leaves and put them out on the curb on their trash day.

This can be done through the week of Dec. 9-13, when curbside yard waste collection ends for the year. Seasonal collection will start again in March.

Public Service Days end for 2013 on Nov. 30. That means residents will no longer be required to remove their parked vehicles from the street on their trash day, but doing so will make the final weeks of loose leaf and curbside collection of yard waste safer and more efficient. Public Service Days will start again in April.

Residents are reminded that their trash and recycling carts should never be put in the street.

Since winter is coming, it is good to note that parked vehicles must be removed from the street when a snow emergency is declared or they could be ticketed and towed. Police do not issue warning.