River Rouge attempts to lure artists, others to community

Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 14:45:21-05

Officials in a Detroit industrial suburb are trying to lure artists and other new tenants to vacant properties across the city's central business district.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the effort is part of a new initiative in River Rouge to create a vibrant art community. The area has seen its industrial base slowly erode and is still recovering from a three-year bridge closure that cut off traffic.

City officials are planning to offer a bus tour of River Rouge for the Russell Industrial Center's former tenants, who recently were left in limbo after Detroit ordered the center closed.

River Rouge officials are also compiling lease, tax, ownership and other information about available properties to make it easier for anyone to rent or buy in the city.