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.
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 would like to be a member of the board in order to give back to such a welcoming and safe community. Samantha currently serves as a member of the Scholarship Committee and would bring a young perspective to the board and fresh ideas as a relatively new neighbor in Grandmont.
I am requesting your vote! I am a 36-year Grandmont Community Association resident. Presently in Grandmont, I am a Longacre Block Captain (approx. 20 years), newly elected Rippling Hope National Board Member, GCA Rippling Hope Chair (10 years), Assistant Director of Grandmont Art and Crafts Fair (6 years), Scholarship Committee Chair (12 years), and Grandmont Patrol #4 Treasurer (3 years). Additionally, I have been Grandmont Board of Directors three-term President and Vice President. Also, I have volunteered for many events in our community, e.g.: Youth Expo, Appreciation Day, Ramsay Park Cleanup, Motor City Makeover, Detroit Partnership Day, GCA Art Fair.
I am dedicated to the Grandmont Community Association and the Detroit Community as well. I’ve attended and given input at many meetings such as the GCA Community Board of Directors, Detroit Council member James Tate’s District One, Grandmont Patrol #4, Rippling Hope Leaders, and more. I have worked with the governmental agencies to voice our many concerns such as: security, vacant homes, the lowering of our property tax.
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 bumps, the ImproveDetroit app, and Advanced Disposal.
Friends of Grandmont, please allow me to introduce myself.
I’m Josh Engle, recently elected 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
We are already in the second quarter of 2019. can you believe it? Times is moving quickly and so is GCA. Over the last year I've had the pleasure of serving as president of GCA and it's only made me appreciate our community that much more. There is so much love and commitment for Grandmont internally. I see this in the tireless work of our board and volunteers. From the block captains to the reinvigorated garden club, people are stepping up however they can to continue the decades long work of keeping Grandmont healthy and stable. We can only continue this work with your help. If you haven't identified a way to be active in Grandmont please talk to someone on the board. Each of our committees neods additional volunteers and many need leadership. I know many of you are committed in many other ways, but even a couple of hours a month could make a big difference in this place you call home.
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.