Midtown (Goddard) Corridor
Downtown Development District Makes ProgressThe city’s downtown development district has been making slow but steady progress. The district, which runs along the Goddard Road corridor from Telegraph to Allen Road, is a mix of commercial, residential and industrial properties. The area was zoned into the Midtown Taylor Office/Institutional District and the Midtown Taylor Mixed Use Commercial District.
The Island Lakes development. stalled during the recession of 2008-09, sits on the north side of the corridor, east of Mortenview and west of Allen. The 200-home, $14 million subdivision began about 2004 but stopped in 2007 under Centex Homes, an LLC of Real Estate Interests Group, Inc. A new owner has been building in Island Lakes, giving rise to optimism. Meanwhile, infrastructure improvements along Goddard have included sidewalks, street lighting, trees, fencing, enhanced crosswalks and benches.
The rebound in the economy has seen a spark of growth along Goddard. The popular German eatery and tavern, Bierkeller, has started a small rebirth on the corridor's east end near Allen, while the Goddard/Mortenview intersection has been uplifted by the JP McGuire's beautiful brick build out of 9,000 square feet that houses a tavern/eatery/banquet center at 21138 Goddard. Zeal Credit Union, Nanny's Nursery, and Paws Clinic are also popular stops at that intersection.
One of the busiest intersection in Taylor remains the Goddard/Pardee area, home to popular destination points like the Midtown Brownstones, Malek Al Kabob, CVS and Biggby Coffee. A newer 7.800-square-foot strip mall (housing Tan Bellissimo, among others) on the south side of Goddard at Pardee is connected by sidewalk to a neighboring strip mall at the corner of the intersection that houses Malek Al Kabob, which was named the best Mediterranean restaurant in the area by Click on Detroit/Live in the D.
Goddard remains a work in progress, blending residential areas with small businesses anchored by Midtown Brownstones, Taylor Recreation Center and Taylor Dance, and the Taylor City Hall complex (Goddard and Pine). Small anchors (Golden Ark 595 Masonic Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keck Real Estate, Total Community Credit Union, Voran Funeral Home and Shwedel Dental) continue to flourish in the district. Shwedel, in fact, hosts an annual "Dentistry from the Heart" event each September, during which it offers a full day of free dental appointments to anyone in need. Through its first seven years, it saw 840 patients and offered over $232,000 worth of free care.
The Taylor Exemplar Academy is located at 26727 Goddard, west of Holland.