The Point West Art and Trail Project builds upon efforts to use public art and collaborative, community design to build community and spur revitalization on Lansing’s Westside. Since 2012, the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA) has been leading a community engagement process to create a public art piece and improve landscaping at the “Point” where Saginaw and Oakland streets, at the western edge of Lansing’s city limits. In 2015, we teamed up with the Old Oakland and Westside Neighborhood Associations to expand the project to also include traffic calming and a recreational trail in West Side and Dunnebacke Parks.
The Point West Art and Trail Project seeks to reverse the blight on the Saginaw and Oakland corridor, and send a new message about the corridor and nearby neighborhoods.
A primary goal for this project is to continue years of effort to re-brand the corridor, moving our sense of identity away from the auto industry, and toward a more eclectic concept that is colorful, vibrant, and reflects the history and diversity of the Westside. The Shanora’s murals and the mural panels at Sparrow’s St. Lawrence campus have already added color and vibrancy to the corridor, and this project would build upon that work.
During community input sessions held during late 2012 and 2013, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders expressed an interest in utilizing this project as a way to visually articulate our corridor’s personality, identity, and priorities. Their input has been essential in helping us ensure our placemaking and public art efforts are an authentic representation of our community.
We invite you to work with us in additional visioning sessions to gather input and hear about next steps on this exciting project. We are working closely with the City of Lansing and with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to gather necessary permits and approvals, and with public and private philanthropic partners to raise the funds necessary to implement this project.
For more information, please contact Emily Dievendorf, SOCA Project Director, at email@example.com or 517-410-9179.