Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that works with communities in urban neighborhoods to build safe and thriving environments where people want to live, work, and play. We believe that healthy neighborhoods are the basic building blocks of a successful city. Accordingly, UNI concentrates on one neighborhood at a time as it builds an inclusive, collaborative template for a given community's renewal. UNI is based within Springwells Village, a 1.3 square mile southwest Detroit neighborhood bounded by Fort, Dix and Waterman Streets.
UNI began in 1997 with the restoration of an empty church building into a center for neighborhood development and activities; an effort undertaken over a decade in cooperation with the All Saints Catholic Parish (the initiating body), community residents, businesses and collaborating agencies as well the support of area foundations and individual donors. The resulting All Saints Neighborhood Center (ASNC) has since evolved into a well-known hub for neighborhood development and activities and has served as a springboard for a broad schedule of adult and youth programs, blight reduction, place-making and physical revitalization.
After completing the All Saints Neighborhood Center, UNI turned its attention to Springdale Green. Prior to being developed by UNI, the land was four vacant lots and has been transformed into a space for residents of all ages to relax and play.