The Grandmont Community Association (GCA) was formed for the preservation of the physical appearance of the neighborhood; promotion of quality schools; civic education of the residents, and promotion of cooperation and understanding between all of the residents and community businesses. Click here for the GCA's bylaws.
Neighborliness has flourished since Grandmont officially became part of Detroit in 1923. We are a neighborhood rich in heritage and community involvement.
Andrew Jackson originally deeded the 80 acres now known as Grandmont, the area bounded by Grand River, Southfield, Schoolcraft and part of Asbury Park, to Thomas Norton in 1835. A family named the 'David's' bought 40 acres of that from the Harrows in 1880 for $300.00. Then the Grand River Development Co. paid $16,000.00 to Victorine David on October 20, 1915 for those same 40 acres.
One of the original structures, built in the late 1890's, still remains at the corner of Rutland and Schoolcraft, The house on the corner of Rutland and Schoolcraft was the original farmhouse of the David's. Mrs, Boylan, one of the David's who lived in that house in the early 1900's, refused to sell the farmland on Rutland to the developers unless they planted maple trees on both sides of the street. That's why Rutland has maples! Also, many trees on Grandmont lots are much older than the subdivision because parts of the area were wooded when the area was built up. The trees were a big drawing card for prospective buyers.
By 1916, the Grandmont subdivision was platted, and houses began to go up on the 800 lots, gradually forming a unique collection of homes with a variety of architectural designs. The original homeowners association was formed in 1927, and since that time has provided an organized structure for the residents of Grandmont to work through in order to maintain and improve their surroundings. By the 1940's Grandmont possessed the equivalent in social status to Palmer Park today.
Vote for your Grandmont Community Association Board! This is an opportunity for residents to be engaged and participate in the process for electing our neighbors to serve and help better our community.
Vote for the next two-year term for the GCA Board at the Grandmont Annual Business, Social & Dinner Meeting, Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ 1 pm, Ramsay Park (Longacre and Ray Monnier).
(Friendly Reminder, you must be a GCA resident and member to vote.)
GCA Board candidacy
Meet the Board candidates
|Samantha Bonaparte originally hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has lived in Detroit since 2013. She fell in love with the city during her two-year commitment to teaching in the city through Teach for America and decided to make it home. She moved onto Asbury Park in December 2018 and is thrilled to be getting involved in Grandmont's community activities. Samantha is a first-grade teacher at Regent Park Scholars Academy. When she's not teaching young minds, she can be found running through the neighborhood, biking, gardening, watching movies, reading, and enjoying the city with her friends. She currently serves on the board as Secretary, and is a member of the Beautification and Garden Club Committee and Scholarship Committee. She is also the Street Captain for Asbury Park and runs the social media accounts for the GCA.|
|My name is Larissa Richardson and I am running for the Grandmont Community Association Board (again!). My family and I have been a residents of Grandmont for nearly 6 years. I have served on the GCA board since 2018 and as the Vice President since summer last year. I have also had the pleasure of serving as Grandmont Community Association's Beautification & Garden Committee Chair. As such, I've helped to organize a number of community cleanup events, installations of plantings across the community and have worked tirelessly with my fellow board members to maintain the beauty and integrity of our community. I hope that you will consider re-electing me to the board to continue serving our amazing community!|
|My name is Sean Novak. I am seeking re-election for my second term to serve our neighborhood as a board member with the Grandmont Community Association. Shortly after being elected to the board I was nominated as the secretary where I served for approximately two years. In addition to this I have served in a supportive capacity to the Vacant Property Task Force. From December 2020 to April 2021, I hosted a weekly gathering known as the Grandmont Community Social Hour. My dedication to our community is an expression of gratitude for what Detroit has given me through the years to make me who I am today. That dedication to Detroit and Grandmont comes from my faith, my roots, and my chosen path. I will continue to amplify the greatness that is Grandmont to the rest of our brothers and sisters here in Detroit and afar.|
|My name is Krystal Thurmond. I am a resident of our great community, Grandmont. I am currently a Board member and have been actively involved for years with the Art Fair, Radio Patrol, the Grandmonitor, Social Planning, etc.|
|My name is Joyce Tatum. I've been in the community for 7 years. I reside on Woodmont Avenue. The history, community and safety drew me to this neighborhood. There aren't many communities that take pride in their neighborhood as Grandmont! I want to applaud everyone of you!!! I am president of the Radio Patrol Grandmont #4 and GCA Safety and Security chairperson. I am currently training for the Citizens Police Academy, serve on the parents fundraising committee at GESU Catholic School and volunteer at Forgotten Harvest with the mobile food pantry. Volunteering is my passion. My Vision is to keep Grandmont Community Association, "The Home of Good Neighbors" Safe and Secure!!!|
Member: Keep Growing Detroit / Garden Resource Program
Who and What are We?
The Grandmont Rosedale Community Garden was established in 2009 by residents – and nearby friends - of the Grandmont and Rosedale neighborhoods in northwest Detroit. Start up costs for raised beds, fencing, tool etc. were provided by a grants funds that were received by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation. Additional grants and donations for infrastructure improvements have been received as well. Over the years, a variety of volunteers (Detroit Project Day and others) have assisted with projects including replacing/ adding raised beds and fencing.
Anyone who is interested and able to contribute to the work of maintaining the garden is invited to “join” us; There is no formal membership, no gardening experience is necessary.
This is a collaborative, community effort. Everyone shares in the work and everyone benefits from the harvest.
Friends of Grandmont, please allow me to introduce myself.
I’m Josh Engle, Grandmont board member and secretary of the radio patrol.
Despite owning my home in Grandmont for about 3 years I’ve lived in it for only the last 8 months. My house is a work in progress and as many of you know the work never seems to stop on these beautiful old homes.
I own a commercial construction and electrical company, but most of my career I’ve worked primarily on old homes similar to the ones of our fine neighborhood. Residential construction is what I became an expert in and what I’m mostly known for because of my roles as a general contractor on TV shows Rehab Addict and This Old House.
I’d like to take my experience in construction and do what I can to help our community by setting up a loose association of neighbors helping other neighbors with small handyman type tasks for people that either don’t have the skills or ability to do that task themselves.
GCA's General Membership Meeting, held at Bushnell Church on September 17, 2019, was well attended. Of course, neighbors got to greet each other and meet new neighbors, but the meeting also featured guest speakers fielding questions from the floor on a variety of topics that are important to Grandmont. Hot topics included: speed humps, the ImproveDetroit app, and Advanced Disposal.