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.
I currently serve as the Marketing & Engagement Manager for WDET 101.9 where I spend most of my days thinking of how we can engage in more meaningful and powerful dialogue and community building. I will bring that same instinct to my term as president.
Detroit is changing. You can decide for yourself if we are headed in the right direction, but what I do know is that this space we take up inside of Detroit, our “Home of Good Neighbors,” remains a strong and viable community and that is solely because of the people who live here. We represent diversity in every possible way, but most of us are of the same mind when it comes to keeping our neighborhood safe, clean and enjoyable for all.