Detroit's Dequindre Cut expanding thanks to federal grant

Detroit's Dequindre Cut expanding thanks to federal grant

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Congressman Hansen Clarke helped secure the federal dollars.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Congressman Hansen Clarke helped secure the federal dollars. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -
Cyclists, runners and walkers were enjoying a beautiful day Friday traveling Detroit's Dequindre Cut.  An oasis from the busy streets, it's an old, abandoned railroad line transformed.

"It's good use, anything that beautifies the city," said Dan Hegner.

Amen to that.  So, how about a $10-million grant from the federal government that will not only
beautify, but bring in jobs and business?

Right now, the Dequindre Cut ends at Gratiot, but this money means expansion into Eastern Market and beyond.

"From here to Eastern Market and what have you to another venue, oh, that's a great idea," said Reggie Jones, who was out riding his bike.

We told him about the plans for expansion, but that's not all.  The grant will allow for new streetlights, sidewalks and bridges at Eastern Market.

"I think it will open up a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs, people that want to go ahead and invest in the city," Jones said.

That's certainly the idea.  Congressman Hansen Clarke helped secure the federal dollars for the Link Detroit Project -- the idea being to expand the Dequindre Cut from the riverfront to Midtown.

"It's going to give people a reason to come to Detroit, which is really great not only for our city, but for our entire region," he said.

Customers and business owners agree, it's good news for Eastern Market

"That would be great.  Then I would probably [be] down once a week at least," said customer D Le Sure.

"It's all good.  It will get truckers in and out of the market quickly and hopefully it will spur some development and people moving down into the market, as well," said Paul Jelinek, who works in Eastern Market.
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