Community Profile

Creating an Environment for Investment

Oak Park may be well-established, but it has a brand new plan for the future.

Oak Park is a vibrant, diverse community. Its location – 10 minutes from 4 freeways – makes Oak Park a prime location for any company looking to do work around the region. A committed Economic Development Department is helping to make it stronger as a place to live, work, and do business.

The dedicated Economic Development staff works with new and current business owners from conception through development to meet business timelines, provide market research data, site selection, and site plan process and provide the best customer service from beginning to end. In 2015, Oak Park voters passed the law to allow for class “C” liquor licenses to become available in our community for the first time. With over 20 licenses available at a minimal cost, it is an amazing opportunity for new restaurants to locate in Oak Park.

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Quality of Life: It's Hard to Top in Oak Park

Education, Parks, and Local Business: The City of Oak Park is just under 5.5 square miles and it has 10 city parks, 3 different school districts (Oak Park, Ferndale, and Berkley) to choose from, plus over 500 businesses have made Oak Park their home.

Diversity: Oak Park’s many ethnic populations make for an eclectic mix of cultures – and Oak Park celebrates its diversity! This can be experienced through its many different authentic dining options and cultural events.

Housing Values: Oak Park is an ideal place for first-time homebuyers and families to put down roots. Housing remains affordable, and is in close proximity to downtown Detroit and other great communities like Ferndale, Royal Oak, Berkley, and more.

City Services and Programming: The City of Oak Park’s future has never been brighter. Our finances are in great shape and many new developments will continue to strengthen the budget. The public safety department is highly regarded. The Community Center includes a pool, putt-putt golf course, plus a multitude of other physical, artistic and cultural activities. The Library has become a hub for many residents and businesses to use the new computers, conduct research, and attend one of the many special events hosted by the library.

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For more information, contact Economic Development Director Kimberly Marrone at (248) 691-7404 or email her at kmarrone@oakparkmi.gov.