The NIC helps to maintain the curb appeal and desirability of the neighborhoods that comprise Southfield with the Neighborhood Entranceway and Beautification program and the annual Community Pride Awards Competition. Active homeowner and condo associations who wish to beautify their entranceways with flowers, shrubs and subdivision signs can apply for the Southfield Entranceway Program which provides matching funds at a 2-to-1 ratio to a maximum of $1,000. The Center also organizes with the Southfield Parks and Garden Club, the annual Community Pride Awards program which recognizes homeowners, businesses, condominiums, public buildings and neighborhoods for outstanding property maintenance and keeping Southfield beautiful.
Community Pride Awards
The city of Southfield is currently seeking nominations for the 2021 Community Pride Awards, which recognizes Southfield residents that have gone the extra mile in their beautification efforts. The program was expanded in recent years to include several additional categories including ‘Businesses – Small’, ‘Businesses – Large’ and ‘Well-Manicured/Maintained Residential Properties’ which is geared for homeowners that maintain curb appeal on a budget. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nominations must now include at least one photograph for new virtual voting process.
The program is coordinated by the City’s Neighborhood & Information Center and the Southfield Parks & Garden Club to promote beautification efforts throughout the city. Residents are encouraged to nominate individual homeowners, neighborhoods, condominiums, apartments, businesses and even themselves. Public buildings such as schools, churches and synagogues may also be worthy of recognition, and residents are encouraged to nominate them as well. Typically, a team of judges tour nominations and select a list of winners in mid-July; however, this year voting will be done via video conferencing. All winners will be honored by the mayor and city council prior to a council meeting in September.
Nomination forms are available at the City’s Neighborhood & Information Center located inside City Hall at 26000 Evergreen Road, or they may be downloaded below. Pictures of properties are required (maximum of three) and the condition of the entire property will be considered for judging. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. Nominations and photos may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City of Southfield, Attn: Community Relations, 26000 Evergreen Road, P.O. Box 2055, Southfield, MI 48037-2055.
For more information, call the Community Relations Department at (248) 796-5130.