DPS’ $500.5 million capital improvement project to start on three Detroit Public Schools

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Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Rendering

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Rendering

Detroit-Detroit Public Schools is launching the first three construction and renovation projects as part of the district’s $500.5 million bond program that together total $64.1 million dollars in contracts, and will mean more jobs for Detroit residents and more work for Detroit-based companies.

The DPS School Construction Project, which will build and renovate schools and includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives, are part of the Detroit Public Schools’ three-year capital improvement construction project being funded with $500.5 million federal stimulus dollars following voter approval in November of Proposal S.

Up to 1,375 Detroiters will be hired for the first three school projects.

“Today is an exciting day for Detroit Public Schools, Detroit residents and the City of Detroit,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “Thanks to voters for passing Proposal S, DPS is about to launch three major construction and renovation projects that will mean state-of-the-art learning facilities for our students that are bound to attract families and improve neighborhoods. And as we promised during our campaign, we are pleased that the bond program is aiding Detroit’s economy by awarding work to Detroit residents and Detroit companies.”

Work at the first three schools, totaling $64.1 million, is set to get underway in June. They are:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, which will be completely rebuilt
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy, 15850 Strathmoor, which will have major renovation
  • Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke, which will have major renovations

Bobb announced the projects today on the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School campus where a new school will be built.

A new $45.3 million building will replace the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School with a state-of-the-art facility emphasizing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum. The new building will have a cyber caf

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