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As you may or may not know Phoenix Academy, located at 7735 Lane Street, is closing its doors at the end of this school year due to low enrollment, according to the EAA (Education Achievement Authority of Michigan).

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), in partnership with Congress of Communities (CoC), is coordinating a community engagement process to learn what the community would like to see happen with the building or in the building. UNI and CoC are facilitating this community engagement process to encourage residents and stakeholders to re-imagine future use of the Phoenix building in an effort to inform project plans of potential developers.

Over the next couple of months they will be facilitating various forms of engagement (door knocking, small group discussions, social media surveys) in order to get input from a broad sector of the community, from residents most affected by the school closing to community leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders.

Please assist them in gathering this information by answering the following questions in the comment box at the bottom of this post:

Question 1: What would you like to see happen with the building and surrounding land in the short term (1-2 years)?

Question 2: What would you like to see happen with the building and surrounding land in the long term (5,10, 15 years)?

Question 3: What is it that you don't want to see happen with the building and surrounding land?

Thank you for participating and be on the lookout for more opportunities to provide your opinion and feedback on possible ideas.

If you would like to volunteer with UNI in collecting this information or have questions please contact Raul Echevarria at UNI by phone at (313) 451-8380 or via email at

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