Green roofs to be installed atop historic Bell Building - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Green roofs to be installed atop historic Bell Building

Posted: Updated:
The exterior of the Michigan Bell Building The exterior of the Michigan Bell Building
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Crews put in the building blocks for a rooftop garden high above the streets of Detroit. The green roof is on the sixth floor of the former Michigan Bell Building where phone books were once printed.

The 1929 building sat vacant for decades until the Neighborhood Service Organization bought it and renovated it, creating permanent supportive housing for people who are homeless.

The building now has 155 one-bedroom apartments. Residents receive job training, treatment programs and other services. They pay 30 percent of their income towards rent.

"They moved here straight out of shelters or from a freeway viaduct, abandoned building, into this building and, really, giving them a new chance at life," says Sheilah Clay, president of the NSO.

This spring they'll help do all the planting on the roof which was paid for with generous donations from DTE Energy and Ford Motor Co.

"The green roof really gives the people who live in this building an opportunity to learn horticulture, to start growing their own vegetables," Clay shares. "We know that gardening and landscaping is very therapeutic."

"From an environmental standpoint [the green roof] collects rainwater and helps with the runoff of that rainwater. It also helps take pollutants out of the air," explains Fred Shell, president of DTE Energy Foundation. The roof will also help insulate the building.

The DTE Energy Foundation donates millions each year to hundreds of nonprofits.
    
Two more green roofs are planned for the future on the second and seventh floor of this building. The NSO is still looking for donors for those projects.

LINK: Click here for donor information

NOTE: Click the green 'Make a donation' button

"We think it's important that we really focus on our environment, not only at the large world level, but also at the local level," Shell says.

When the roof is complete it will be a quiet place for residents to relax and reflect. They'll watch it grow as they grow and turn their lives around.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:47:47 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
  • Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:31:19 GMT
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
  • Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:14:05 GMT
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices