Senate District 1 Updates

Senator Chang

Friends, 

As we head into summer, we have been very busy in the legislature. This week, two bills I sponsored were voted on and are on their way to the House for consideration: 

  • Senate Bill 744 is my bill in a package of legislation I left that will help Michigan’s port infrastructure to grow and better compete with surrounding states in a sustainable manner while creating jobs and easing supply chain issues.    
  • The Senate also unanimously passed Senate Bill 272, which will make small claims hearings with Michigan’s Tax Tribunal more convenient for everyone involved.      

Please read on, as I wanted to send you this e-news with the important updates below.  


UPCOMING EVENT 

Criminal Justice Town Hall with Representative Yancey 

On Wednesday, June 22, please join Representative Tenisha Yancey and I for a community conversation about juvenile justice, good time credits, and police accountability with special guests Nation Outside and Michigan Liberation. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Bethany Lutheran Church, 11475 Outer Dr., Detroit, MI 48224 

>> If you’re unable to join us in person, you can join us online at Facebook.com/StephanieChangMI.  


COMMUNITY UPDATES 

Lafayette Towers Fire 

This week, I sent a letter to the owner of Lafayette Towers, calling on them to install fire alarms that can be heard by residents — among other safety measures — after residents endured their second fire in less than a year, with some reporting they were unaware a fire was happening until fire trucks arrived. Disturbingly, I did the same thing last fall after hearing from residents in the Towers of a similar situation. I have again expressed my deep concern about this issue and again asked for a meeting with Lafayette Tower’s leadership to be updated on what they’ve done since my last letter. 

Home is supposed to be a place of peace, security, and serenity. I am once again supporting Lafayette Towers tenants in calling on the owners to install: 

A fire alarm system which can be heard by residents in every room of every unit on every floor; 

  • Illuminated exit signs at each fire exit on each floor; and, 
  • A stairwell pressurization system in each fire escape route stairwell.  
  • A copy of the letter sent to the owners of Lafayette Towers, located at 1301 Orleans St. in Detroit, can be viewed here.  

Fort Street – Road Collapse 

A road failure occurred in the area of West Fort and Calvary Streets in Detroit on Sunday, June 5, whereby compromised concrete collapsed inward in an area approximately 100 feet in length. The cause of the road failure remains under investigation. Sheet piling was taking place as part of Gordie Howe International Bridge project construction activities in the area. 

A section of the road between Livernois and Campbell streets was temporarily closed, but there is now one lane of traffic in each direction.   

I convened a meeting with officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, Bridging North America, MDOT, and city officials earlier this week and continue to push for transparency about the cause of the incident. We will keep monitoring the situation closely.   

>> For the latest information about road closures related to construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge, please visit gordiehoweinternationalbridge.com/en/road-closures

Jeffersonian Apartments – Lack of Air Conditioning 

This week, I learned about Jeffersonian residents being told they had to leave their apartment building during this intense heat wave, due to the lack of air conditioning. This is just months after the building had no working elevator. Please know that this is unacceptable and that I am in communication with several tenants from whom I am learning more and more distressing incidents that have taken place at the apartment building. I am also in communication with the City of Detroit about how important it is that these residents are taken care of, for their health and safety.  

Thank you for reading this update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (517) 373-7346 if we can assist you in any way.       


Take care,   

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Stephanie Chang
State Senator
District 1


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