Mayor’s Update to Residents – March 24, 2023

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Nuggets Dispensary, City’s first new Detroit Legacy recreational marijuana business, celebrates grand opening

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Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, owners Dr. Louis Radden and Camille Hicks, City Council President Pro-Tem James Tate and District 2 Detroit Police Commissioner Linda Bernard cut the ribbon at Nuggets Dispensary

Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, Council President Pro Tem James Tate, and other City officials joined Nuggets Cannabis Co. Detroit Dispensary this week to celebrate its grand opening.

Nuggets Dispensary is a black family-owned business, run by longtime Detroiters, Dr. Louis Radden and his aunt, Camille Hicks. Nuggets is the first Detroit Legacy licensee to newly open a recreational marijuana dispensary as part of the City’s social equity program.

Since adult-use marijuana sales were authorized in Detroit three years ago, Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration has worked closely with Council President Pro Tem Tate to ensure Detroiters have equitable opportunities to participate in the legal cannabis industry, which is predicted to generate $3 billion in annual revenue in Michigan by 2024.

Homegrown Detroit is a cannabis entrepreneurship program under Detroit Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity (CRIO) Office of Marijuana Ventures & Entrepreneurship. The program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Detroit residents by equipping them with tools and resources to establish and expand marijuana businesses in the city.

A licensee’s designation of Detroit Legacy (like Nuggets) reflects that at least 51 percent of the ownership have been certified as long-term Detroit residents who have lived in the city for at least 15 years out of the last 30.

Low-income Detroiters and those with prior convictions or a parent with a prior conviction pertaining to the sale, possession, use, cultivation, processing, or transport of marijuana prior to 2018 can get this certification after 10 and 13 years, respectively.

Read the full story online at Nuggets Dispensary celebrates Grand Opening (

City of Detroit renaming Troester-Hayes Park in honor of late community advocate Marlowe Stoudamire

The City of Detroit announced this week the City Council approved the renaming of Troester-Hayes Park to honor the life and legacy of the community advocate, mentor, and champion for Detroit, Marlowe Stoudamire, who passed from COVID-19 in March 2020.

Stoudamire’s family and friends said his loss had a tremendous impact on not just his family but the city of Detroit.

Sharing his love for the Motor City while keeping his legacy alive, officials, community leaders, and nearly 700 neighbors worked to secure the renaming of Troester-Hayes Park to Marlowe Stoudamire Park. The park is where he and his siblings grew up playing, blocks from their childhood home.

The hope is that renaming the location after Stoudamire will empower the community, especially children.

Along with renaming, there are multiple location improvements in the works. The plan is to start community engagement, design park improvements beginning next month, and complete a full park renovation over the next year.

For more information, read the full story at City renaming Troester-Hayes Park in honor of Marlowe Stoudamire (

Sign up for Detroit Alert 365 to receive emergency alerts, including severe weather warnings

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This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan. The spring season can bring severe weather conditions that can greatly impact the safety of Detroit residents.

For important tips and resources regarding tornadoes, lightning, floods, and blackouts, visit and search Severe Weather.

Sign Up to Receive Emergency Alerts
Residents can also sign up for Detroit Alerts 365, which sends Detroit-specific emergency notifications through the CodeRED emergency notification system. This free system allows individuals to choose how they would like to receive alerts — via telephone, text message, and/or email.

In addition to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service, those who sign up will receive: public safety advisories; flooding/natural disasters updates; evacuation/shelter in place notices; and boil water advisories.

There are several benefits to enrolling in Detroit Alerts 365.

  • Notifications are on the go with individuals, who receive important alerts and non-emergency notifications, based on their address directly to your cell phone, home phone, text, or email.
  • Individuals will receive notifications targeted to residents in a specific area experiencing emergency conditions.
  • Personal data is secure in the CodeRED system.

In addition to registering for Detroit Alerts 365, residents can download the CodeRED Mobile Alert App to receive emergency alerts based on your current location.

To register, go to or text DetroitAlerts365 to 99411.

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Supreme Café, Motor City Match winner with deep community ties, opens its doors just in time for Ramadan

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Mayor Duggan joined Supreme Café founder Jamaal Muhammad and general manager Amirah Muhammad in celebrating the opening of the new Detroit restaurant, bakery and catering service.

Supreme Café, a Detroit restaurant, bakery and catering service specializing in healthy, organic, and halal-friendly food, celebrated its grand opening this week just in time for Ramadan – a holy observance for Muslims.

Supreme Café founder Jamaal Muhammad and general manager Amirah Muhammad were joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, other City officials and community members at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his establishment, marking the 146th brick-and-mortar business opened by Motor City Match.

The business, located at 18111 Wyoming Ave., was awarded a $35,000 grant from Motor City Match that went toward building renovations.

Aside from offering quality cuisines including hearty soups and sandwiches, organic desserts and fresh fruit smoothies, Supreme Café hosts free food giveaways for the homeless, elderly and youth in the area. The giveaways were Muhammad’s way of giving back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2020, Supreme Café has hosted more than 500 food giveaways.

After 21 rounds, Motor City Match has distributed $11.4 million in grants for start-ups and new businesses located throughout Detroit. Through the pipeline of resources provided by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s small business teams, more than 1,600 businesses have received assistance along their journey to open their doors.

Read the full story online at Supreme Café, Motor City Match winner, celebrates opening ahead of Ramadan (

Detroit Fire Department seeks to hire 50 new firefighters, offers careers to members

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The City of Detroit is looking to supplement the Detroit Fire Department’s 1,200 members with an additional 50 personnel.

Benefits for DFD hires include insurance, paid sick time and vacation leave. Fire employees can join the retirement system after 25 years of service. After four years of employment, the salary range for Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics is around $70,000 a year.

To apply to the Detroit Fire Department, go to:

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The City is looking to fill more than 100 seasonal positions to beautify Detroit

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The City of Detroit General Services Department is looking to fill hundreds of seasonal positions for summer 2023, prioritizing grounds/maintenance to help keep the city clean, safe, and vibrant.

There are two hiring fairs where the City will hire qualified Detroiters on the spot. Those who are 18 and up are strongly encouraged to apply before the fairs. For example, the starting pay for the General Environmental Technician 1 is $15.30 an hour.

Though these roles are seasonal, the work is crucial. Tasks range from the physical labor of routine grounds/landscape maintenance work and/or construction, maintenance and repair work, and general cleaning and janitorial work in municipal buildings and facilities. Seasonal positions can also lead to full-time job opportunities within the General Services Department.

Hiring Fairs:
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1 – 4 p.m.
Lasky Recreation Center
13200 Fenelon St. Detroit, MI 48212

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center
11687 American St, Detroit, MI 48204

For more information, read the story online at City to fill 100 seasonal positions to beautify Detroit (

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Detroit residents can come out on March 31 for the Detroit Police Department 3rd Precinct’s Girls Time event, a series of girls’ empowerment workshops for ages 12 – 18. Parents are welcome to attend.

Workshops include:

  • Mental Health – Coping with Grief
  • Frech and Fit – Eat Well, Live Better
  • Social Media Safety – You Are What You Post
  • Dating Violence Awareness and more!

The event is free. To register, go to:

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