- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Kresge Foundation has announced projects receiving $1.6 million in grants to improve and transform Detroit’s neighborhoods.

Grants were awarded to 11 projects that are ready to start, including a neighborhood stabilization and cleanup on the city’s east side.

Seven planning grants also were awarded to projects that include developing strategies to reuse vacant land and the design of a dual-use public plaza-artists market.

Kresge President and Chief Executive Rip Rapson said Wednesday that the projects are “a reminder of how much energy and imagination is percolating among the residents” of Detroit.

The Troy-based foundation launched the 3-year, $5 million Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit in October.

Kresge received more than 100 proposals last fall. A second round of funding begins this fall.

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