Motor City Makeover, citywide cleanup and beautification begins May 4

Published On: May 03 2013 03:43:08 PM EDT   Updated On: May 04 2013 02:54:16 AM EDT

Hundreds of residents and individuals from community organizations, churches, schools and businesses armed with bags and gloves will do their part to spruce up Detroit on Saturday, May 4, the first day of Motor City Makeover, Detroit's annual citywide spring cleanup and beautification effort.

SLIDESHOW: Motor City Makeover happening in May

The city will be cleaned by sector.  Volunteers will clean on the east side of Detroit this Saturday, May 4.  The effort shifts to the west side on May 11.  Volunteers in the central and southwest neighborhoods will clean May 18.

Below is information about some of the groups that will clean and beautify neighborhoods May 4:

Arab American and Chaldean Council, 111 East 7 Mile Road

Group will clean along 7 Mile Road between John R and Woodward

9 a.m. – noon

Number of volunteers: 50-60

City Contact: Ray Solomon (313) 220-6115 – Community Affairs Manager

On-site group contact: Tom Shamoun, (586) 718-3736

West Village Association

Location: Southeast corner of Van Dyke and Coe (between Kercheval and Jefferson)

9 a.m – noon, (most of cleanup 9-10 a.m.)

Number of volunteers: 20

Note: 10th straight year group has cleaned up during Motor City Makeover

City Contact: Ray Solomon (313) 220-6115 – Community Affairs Manager

On-site group contact: Jason Peete (313) 408-9462

Eastside Unity


12740 Hayes

Hayes and Hazelridge, southeast corner

10 a.m. - noon

Volunteers: 25-40, including students from Denby High School

City Contact: Ray Solomon (313) 220-6115 – Community Affairs Manager

On-site group contact: Tracy Perry (313) 215-1457

Cornerstone Village

Location:  Group will plant and seed a community garden at Southampton and Hereford (one block south of Chandler Park Drive)

10 a.m. - noon

Volunteers: 10

City Contact: Ray Solomon (313) 220-6115 – Community Affairs Manager

On-site group contact: Jim Grenwick (313) 720-1094



Residents, business owners, houses of worship, block clubs, and schools are encouraged to:

  • Call (313) 224-3450 to register to join the cleanup effort or register online at
  • Clean the area around their home, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated
    for their sector.
  • Oganize their neighborhoods or their employees for a group cleanup. Volunteers can select a nearby area or call (313) 224-3450 or their local Recreation Community Affairs office for a location.
  • Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.
  • Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaign.  There will be No Curbside Pickup of litter.  Bagged litter will only be collected from pre-established locations.  
  • Volunteers who need limited supplies of gloves and bags are asked to contact their local Recreation Community Affairs office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.

Bulk Drop-Off Locations

Limit is 1,000 pounds.

Bulk Drop-Off Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

• Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison

• Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Service Dr.

• 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell

• State Fair Yard - 19715 John R

  • Only Motor City Makeover Saturdays (May 4, 11, and 18)
  • J. Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.




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