NFE was retained by the City of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to prepare survey documents to facilitate the purchase and design of properties associated with the Beltline Greenway project in the City of Detroit. The Beltline Greenway is a conceptual path for the non-motorized planning on the lower eastside. It follows a former railroad called the Beltline that connected the Uniroyal Site on the RiverWalk and headed north to the Gleaner’s Community Food Bank and beyond, and actually will go under East Jefferson Avenue. In anticipation for this project, the City of Detroit rebuilt the East Jefferson Avenue Bridge. The Beltline Greenway is part of the Governor of Michigan’s initiative for the highly regarded Iron Belle Trail, a cross-state trail that goes from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.
Funding for this project was made possible by a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations bill which included $2 million on land acquisition funding to buy property within Wayne County in order to complete gaps in the Iron Belle Trail.