September 29, 2017 – Press Releases
DETROIT, Sept.5, 2017 – The public spotlight will turn on a unique development that
features living infrastructure when U-SNAP-BAC presents Music on the Green, Sept. 24
U-SNAP-BAC (United Streets Networking and Planning; Building A Community), a not-
for-profit organization incorporated to revitalize the east side of Detroit, presents Music
on the Green in answer to community interest that was sparked after the initial
announcement of phase one planning for their Barham Farmway & Greenway project
earlier this year.
Music on the Green runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 on Barham Street
between Mack Avenue and Windsor Street. The event is designed to bring community
members together and introduce to them the future possibilities for the Barham Farmway
The free, family friendly event features food and music and is designed to celebrate
community. It kicks off with grower demonstrations and flower bulb planting, followed by
a brief presentation about the Barham Farmway & Greenway development. Concert performances follow from Straight Ahead and The Sun Messengers.
Music on the Green is possible thanks to the generous support of Enterprise
Community Partners. The Barham Farmway & Greenway Project is being developed by U-SNAP- BAC with support from The Kresge Foundation. The project will transform Barham Street into an asset that connects the neighborhood and provides agricultural opportunities for local growers
During Music on the Green, all members of the community are invited to review, comment, and vote on potential ideas from community members & technical teams who
will present several ideas for the first phase of the project.
Music on the Green Schedule
1:00-1:30 pm: Grower Demonstrations & Flower Bulb Planting
1:30 pm: Welcome & Barham Vision Presentation
2:00 pm: Straight Ahead, featuring eclectic, soulful, jazz, Latin & jazzy hip-hop
3:30 pm: The Sun Messengers, Detroit’s favorite dance band with Motown and more
Music on the Green takes place rain or shine. Guests are asked to bring their own
chairs. Parking will be available on Lakepointe and Beaconsfield & vacant lots as
directed. More information is available at www.usnapbac.org and (313) 640-1100.
About The Barham Farmway & Greenway & Project
U-SNAP-BAC, with support from The Kresge Foundation, is developing a plan to
eliminate dumping, improve safety, and create an asset that connects the neighborhood to active recreation and agricultural opportunities on Barham. Community members and
technical teams are currently researching and designing ideas for the first phase
of the project.
U-SNAP-BAC (United Streets Networking and Planning; Building A Community)
was incorporated in 1987 by a consortium of seven (7) neighborhood organizations and
four (4) business associations to revitalize the east side of Detroit. The organization is
designed to promote economic growth and neighborhood improvement through coalition
building, resource development, joint planning and programming.
Programs include classes in home buying and ownership, home repair, rehabilitation of
vacant properties, demolition of unsafe structures, as well as infrastructure repair, new
home development and affordable rentals. Since 1987, U-SNAP-BAC has completed
more than 1000 home repairs, rehabbed 65 vacant structures and constructed 131 units
of affordable rental and single family homes for low and moderate income families.
U-SNAP-BAC currently serves as an intake center for the City of Detroit 0% interest Home Repair Loans.
U-SNAP-BAC provides training for potential homebuyers to prepare them for their first
home; how to qualify for a mortgage, understanding predatory lending, how to read a
credit report and what it means to be financially fit and avoid foreclosure.
Staff are HUD and MSHDA certified counselors and are available for one-on-one
sessions, as well as group sessions to equip homebuyers and homeowners with the
tools necessary to acquire and maintain the home of their dreams.