Major Contribution Highlights

For those not familiar with the work that the Dearborn Heights TIFA has done since its formation in 1986, we have prepared some highlights of projects done in various aspects of city life in the TIFA district.  (These are approximate costs for the major projects completed.)

Waterlines & Sewers – $17,449,900
Beech Daly sewer expansion project; waterline replacement & relining; sewer cleaning & maintenance.

Westwood Community Schools – $1,963,000
Administration building improvements; Robichaud High School improvements (windows, science lab, fire protection, emergency lighting, kitchen safety updates, interior & exterior doors, parking lot, track rebuild, bleachers, press box, scoreboard, concession stand, swimming pool, athletic fields); Thorne Elementary School improvements (windows, roof replacement, kitchen safety updates, interior & exterior doors); former Allen Junior High School demolition & site restoration.

John F. Kennedy Jr. (JFK) Library – $4,069,000
Construction of building; furniture & equipment; computer workstations; electronic sign; parking lot improvements.

Streets & Sidewalks – $2,362,000
Road improvements; bridge improvements; residential sidewalk replacement ($381,000); Beech Daly streetscape improvements; Van Born streetscape improvements.

Fire Department – $1,935,000
Building improvements to Station #1 (on Telegraph at Annapolis); purchase of 2 fire trucks, 2 rescue squad vehicles, pick-up utility truck & various equipment based at Station #1; hydrants & e-lights installed in the TIFA district.

Property Acquisition & Restoration – $4,283,000
Purchase & restoration of lots containing blight, unsafe conditions, etc.

Emergency Management – $465,000
Flood warning system; emergency sirens; emergency operations center at Justice Center.

Department of Public Works – $1,430,000
DPW headquarters building & yard improvements; construction vehicles; recycling center construction; street lights; tree trimming; Ecorse Creek bank stabilization.

Daly Park – $306,000
Walking/jogging track; roller-blade/roller-hockey park; play structures; tennis courts; volleyball court; various grounds improvements.

City Services – $4,045,000
Ordinance department funding; Contributions for administrative services.

Police Department / Justice Center – $21,740,000
Construction of Justice Center; Justice Center improvements & maintenance; Crime Prevention Officer funding; domestic violence & drug education; impound lot; police memorial monument.

Economic Development – $151,000
Business grants & incentives; feasibility studies; marketing studies; master plan contribution.

(Updated September 2014)


Annual Synopsis of Activities


  • Justice Center Bond Payment
  • Contribution toward JFK Library Bond Payment
  • Fire Station #1 Improvements
  • Justice Center Improvements
  • Daly Park Imrovements
  • Neighborhood Tree Trimming Project
  • Westwood School District Facility Improvements
  • Business Improvement Grant Program
  • TIFA District Ordinance Officer Funding
  • Economic Development/Stabilization purchase and maintenance of commercial properties

* Funds leftover from the annual budget are held in reserve for future Bond Payments or other projects as determined by the TIFA Board.