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Michael Sareini was elected to his first term on the Dearborn City Council in November 2013.


Sareini is a life long resident of Dearborn.  He is the son of the late Tom Sareini, owner of the Village Café previously located for over 25 years on Greenfield Rd at Rotunda Drive, and Suzanne Sareini, retired Dearborn City Council President Pro-Tem who served on the Council for 24 years.


Sareini and his wife Dalal have five children – Toufic, Houssain, Aliah, Suzanne and Hassan.


Sareini graduated from Fordson High School in 1990 and earned his Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1993. Sareini began a career in automotive sales in 1995. Sareini has won countless sales awards, and in 2011 was recognized by Ford Motor Company as Michigan’s #1 ranked volume salesman and #3 ranked salesman in the country.


Sareini was appointed as the sole representative of the state of Michigan in a national Ford Sales Advisory Panel that consisted of only 13 nationally renowned salesmen. Sareini’s recommendation resulted in a direct policy change within Ford Credit, the company’s financing arm.


In 2006, after 14 years out of the classroom, and while working full-time and raising his family, Sareini returned to school to complete his education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sareini graduated in 2009 “With High Distinction,” earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.


Sareini continued pursuing higher education, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been a general practicing Attorney for 8 years.


Sareini was chosen by the Michigan Attorney General as a transition team guidance member of experts comprising extremely-revered individuals from the government, legal, indigenous, and corporate sectors.  This team was formed to guide a smooth and seamless transition between administrations as the Attorney General-Elect took office, effective January 1, 2019.


Sareini has a long history of participating in Dearborn youth recreation programs, sitting on boards and coaching. Sareini is a supporter of many local charities.

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 Artspace Dearborn project receives preliminary tax credit approval

he Artspace development team and its local partners are pleased to announce that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has approved low-income housing tax credits for an affordable live/work facility for artists to be located in the current Dearborn City Hall.

The Minneapolis-based nonprofit real estate developer is planning the City Hall Artspace Lofts, an arts campus project that includes 46 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families, along with non-residential space for working studios, incubator space, galleries and creative businesses. The City Hall Artspace Lofts complex consists of three buildings: the City Hall Building, the West Annex Building, and the Concourse. The historic City Hall and West Annex buildings will house the residential units, artist studio space, café, and corridor art galleries. The Concourse Building, built in 1980, connects City Hall and the West Annex and will provide collaborative, creative incubator space, art galleries, community meeting space, and performance space.

“This is great news for our community, and yet another milestone in our efforts to bring Artspace and its economic and cultural advantages to Dearborn,” said Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly. “Each step along the way has reaffirmed the anticipated success of Artspace in our community, and we’re looking forward to the next stage in its development. We know it will transform our east downtown, while preserving City Hall’s historic presence for our entire city.”

The tax credit award is a key element in the $16 million project – bringing $7.6 in upfront equity to the project’s capital budget. With tax credits secured, Artspace turns its focus to the final phase of fundraising, with construction expected to start summer 2014.

“We’re pleased to have successfully partnered with the East Dearborn Downtown Development Association, the City of Dearborn and other stakeholders in this process,” said Heidi Kurtze, vice president for properties at Artspace. “The leadership of Mayor O’Reilly and the EDDDA on this project has been phenomenal and this award allows us to move quickly toward closing and a construction start next year.”

Artspace President Kelley Lindquist cited the City Hall Artspace Lofts project as unique in the organization’s portfolio.

“Artspace has a long history of saving and repurposing historic buildings – from warehouses to schools to hospitals – but this is our first opportunity to renovate a City Hall,” Lindquist said. “I’m thrilled we can help Dearborn preserve this important building, and grateful to the very active and engaged community leaders and artists who are helping make this possible.”

[Re-posted from the City of Dearborn Website]

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