Creating a downtown in focal point in Sterling Heights has been of my goals since I returned to our city following graduate school.
New residents increasingly want to live in walkable communities that have small shops and diverse entertainment opportunities.
I believe the potential redevelopment of Lakeside Mall would be the perfect place to create this new downtown. By turning the mall inside-out, and leaving the large department stores in place, we can create a walkable downtown district that could become the focal point for festivals and community activities.
This district would encourage new residents to live in Sterling Heights, while giving continuing residents a point of pride and place to program that is distinctively Sterling Heights.