City of Detroit Review and Approval Process

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Meetings with City of Detroit

Ms. Mary Schwartz - City Engineering (06/08/09)

  • Dan Scarsella, Peggy Brennan and Tom Brennan met with Ms. Mary Schwartz, and Engineer with the DPW - City Engineering Dept.
  • Mary was very helpful and indicated the following:
    • Plans should include:
      • Demolition Plan showing what will be removed.
      • Site Plan - showing the new surfaces, center line elevations, bollards
      • Two cross sections - showing the drainage slope, pavement and sub-base design.
    • Plans need to go for review and approval to:
      • Traffic Engineering - A. Patel
      • City Engineering - M. Schwartz...this should take about one - two weeks
    • After approvals the permit is issued by:
      • Lesley Lord in ?Right-of-way?
    • Other suggestions:
    • Notify and send plans to the utilities that have services in the alley
    • Get signatures of neighbors in support
  • Follow-up
    • Mary was going to get us the City of Detroit - Sidewalk and Alley specs


Mr. Jose Abraham - DPW (06/04/09)

  • Dan Scarsella and Tom Brennan met with Mr. Jose Abraham, Dept of Public Works (DPW) - General Manager
  • Meeting lasted 1.5 hours.
  • Purpose was to determine the City of Detroit approval process for the green alley
  • Mr Abraham indicated the following:
    • He was there to help make the green alley demonstration project happen. He would be the coordination point with the City on the project. We're to call him if there are any difficulties in moving through the process.
    • He felt the process should take about two weeks once we had the proper set of documentation.
    • Here's the review and approval process he laid out:
      • Preliminary Meetings (about one week)
        • Meet with the Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD) - Bhatrat Doshi (313-967-1541) and query them on whether:
          • Are there any water or sewer mains in the alley?
          • What the repair history is on these lines?
          • Do they plan to replace them?
        • Meet with City Engineering of DPW - Jessie Jacob (313-224-3953 @ Cadillac Bldg 9th Fl) and get the requirements for the submittal package for the alley.
      • Formal Review Process (about two weeks)
        • Submit the required submittal package to City Engineering - Jessie Jacob
        • City Engineering will coordinate a review meeting with:
          • City Engineering
          • DWSD
          • Traffic Engineering - Mani Patel (313-628-5601 / 313-506-2797)
        • Once they have reviewed it and all concerns are addressed they would approve the drawings.
      • Permitting Process (a day or two)
        • The DPW - City Engineering Dept would issue the permit to build according to the approved plans
    • He did say that we would need to determine who would be responsible for the work. There are two options:
      • UCCA issue the contract and manage the work (i.e. us). In which case, DPW would come and inspect the work with a fee.
      • DPW would issue the contracts and manage the work, in which case, they would charge actual costs for managing the process.
    • We did discuss the trash options:
      • He stated regarding the trash options for the commercial accounts there are no issues at all with changing to a contract service.
      • Regarding the condo association (Canfield Lofts) he referred us to Tony Lowe (313-224-3904)
  • All in all, a very positive meeting.

General Information

  • Contact information for city officials and departments
  • A description of the relevant city departments and how they are related
  • Waste Regulations
  • Water Regulations
  • Paving Regulations
  • Maintenance Regulations
  • Options for closing an alley
  • Historic Preservation
  • Miss Dig requirements and processes