Land Use & Economic Development

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Successful neighborhoods require safe places to play and do business

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives is committed to developing the physical infrastructure of the Springwells area by developing parks and green spaces in the neighborhood as well as by creating and sustaining economic growth.  UNI has committed to developing parks, playscapes, public art, community centers, and clean and safe alleys.

Southwest Rides

UNI developed Southwest Rides as a social-purpose business subsidiary. Southwest Rides works to meet the transportation needs of youth and adults in Southwest Detroit through bicycle and skateboard retail, youth apprenticeships, Earn A Bike programs and much more.  The shop is located at 1824 Springwells.

Ongoing Projects

Lawndale Center - 2026 Lawndale  

The Lawndale Center will be constructed from the former Masonic-Moose Lodge, a 7,000 square foot historic structure. The exterior fascia will be retained and upgraded while the interior will receive extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, and communication upgrades. UNI is committed to tenanting the facility with complementary human development and educational service providers for area residents while retaining a critical piece of their neighborhood's history.  


This green space will provide a space for birds, butterflies, and bats indigenous to Southeastern Michigan to live and nest in the Springwells area.  

Completed Projects

All Saints Neighborhood Center

Renovation of a 6,300 square foot former chapel constructed in 1921.  

Springdale Green Neighborhood Park

Creation of 28,000 square foot park and playscape from vacant, blighted properties

Lafayette Playlot

Restoration of a city playground. 

Weiss Playlot

Restoration of a city playground.

Phoenix Multicultural Academy School Playground

Phased enhancements including basketball, volleyball, and soccer features, walking trail, benches, and trees.