Public forum Sept. 19 aims to solicit input on Van Born Corridor project

HEIGHTS — Public input on the Van Born Corridor Improvement Project will be sought at a public forum scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at Richard A. Young Recreation Center, 5400 McKinley St.

The joint project, shared between the cities of Dearborn Heights and Taylor, was initiated in 2017 and calls for a host of infrastructure and aesthetic improvements along Van Born Road that will better support local businesses, residents and visitors to the area.

A steering committee of citizens and business owners from Dearborn Heights and Taylor has been actively meeting with civil engineering firm Wade-Trim to consider a number of prospective improvements — particularly between Inkster and Pelham roads.

“While our committee and the project partners are actively exploring several different options, I have stressed throughout these deliberations how important it is to secure the input of our businesses owners, residents, elected officials and others who frequent the area” Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko said. “This open forum will provide an opportunity to do just that.

“We are confident this project, when completed, will serve as the nucleus for a real economic and social growth on both sides of Van Born Road. We hope to have a great turnout at our Sept. 19 meeting, and hear lots of new ideas that will help influence this important project.”