School district to make use of Young Patriots Park

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

By Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, the Covid-19 new case numbers are finally starting to fall. 

The CDC has relaxed mask wearing requirements for outdoor activities. And just in time.  

The Riverview Community School District has several events planned at Young Patriot’s Park.  

With passage of the bond proposal the schools are receiving much needed improvements. And with school facilities unavailable, the city has made our premiere park available for their events.  

RCHS will be holding its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 3.  

The Senior Sunset event will take place on Thursday, June 10 and Seitz Middle School will hold its eighth-grade Memory Dance on Friday, June 4.   

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the city council and myself to congratulate the graduating seniors and their parents.  

The past year and a half has been a challenge for all of us let alone working on fulfilling all the requirements for graduation.

Contrary to popular belief, Riverview continues to be the destination of choice for new businesses.  

Safe Spot Self Storage will be moving into the old Rocky’s Pub building on Sibley Road.  

Piramal Pharmaceuticals are planning a multi-million expansion of their facility on Krause. Arkema is actively marketing its West Brine field property and has an interested developer. Arkema has also agreed to allow the use of its property for a satellite recycling center on West Jefferson.  

Solo World Partners has inquired about constructing a new 45,000 square foot office and warehouse building in front of their existing building on Pennsylvania Road. This project has an estimated value of $3 million.

Our Planning Commission is looking at revising our M-2 General Industrial zoning district to allow more recreation and commercial opportunities and to increase setback restrictions on distribution facilities.

Riverview has recently signed a three-year agreement with the “Destination Downriver Coalition.” This is a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals that are pulling together opportunities and resources to market and brand Downriver by telling the world what is special about our region.

For those following the installation of Turtle Island, there is another new twist. A second island was installed to accommodate the turtle population. If you are interested in winning a $50 gift card to Taco Stand, I would suggest you refer to last month’s Riverview Register to read about the contest we have going.

The filing deadline has passed for those who were interested in running for city council.  We have a total of 10 candidates for the three open positions. Please watch this and other local papers for information on those who’ve decided it’s time to get involved.  

With this many candidates we will need to hold a primary in August. The top 6 vote getters will continue on to the general election in November.

Riverview did experience a terrible fire at the Riverview Crossings Apartments.  An entire building was nearly totally destroyed. The building housed 24 families, most lost everything.  

Two agencies moved in quickly, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The Holiday Inn Express in Southgate set up a donation center that got overwhelmed quickly. That is because of the generosity of the residents who make up this community.  

One person I’d like to recognize in this article is Riverview resident April Scamp. She knew that the families of Riverview Crossings needed help and they needed it fast. She used her Facebook experience to set up a central place for those who wanted to donate and for those who needed the help.  

The “Riverview Crossings/Pennbroke Apartments Easter Fire Donations Page” allowed for quick coordination between these two groups.  

On behalf of the City of Riverview we say, “Thank you, April”.

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