SDBA Helps West Vernor Main Street Get Iluminated

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By Martina Guzmán

"We [The Southwest Detroit Business Association] take our queues from the business owners; they are absolutely our first priority.” – Wendler said.

West Vernor Highway is one of the major commercial districts in Detroit. The road provides a lifeline to roughly 90,000 residents who shop, work and go to school. But broken street lights have left many businesses in the dark. The Southwest Detroit Business Association and community businesses took matters into their own hands. They created an initiative to build a new lighting infrastructure along 2.3 miles of Vernor Highway. Kathy Wendler is the president of the Southwest Business Association. She spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about the lighting project, which will replace 200 streetlights including new light poles with LED lamps, underground wiring, sidewalks, curbs and landscape beds.

WDET’s news team took to the streets to talk to hundreds of Detroiters about their neighborhoods – asking what they wanted for their communities – and what needs to change. Learn more about The Detroit Agenda here.