Storefronts being transformed

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is seeking local and regional designers to help transform vacant commercial storefronts into high-quality spaces where residents can discuss ongoing plans for their neighborhoods.
Submissions for the Design Center in a Box competition are being accepted through June 24. The competition will be judged by local and national architects, designers and builders.
Finalist teams will be selected by June 28. They will present final designs at a public event on Aug. 1. Two winning teams will be selected and receive $40,000 each for detailing, fabrication and installation of their designs.
The city’s Planning & Development office and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy are working together on the competition. It is funded by a $205,000 grant from the Knight Cities Challenge.