The Lathrup Village City Council recently voted to change the name of Sunset Boulevard East to Frank Brock Way in honor of former longtime Mayor Frank Brock.

The Lathrup Village City Council recently voted to change the name of Sunset Boulevard East to Frank Brock Way in honor of former longtime Mayor Frank Brock.

Photo by Kayla Dimick


Lathrup Village renames street in honor of former mayor

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 1, 2019

 The road runs off the east side of Southfield Road, just north of City Hall.

The road runs off the east side of Southfield Road, just north of City Hall.

Photo by Kayla Dimick

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — After nearly 30 years in public service, a former mayor is finally getting his “way.”

At her State of the City address last month, current Mayor Kelly Garrett announced that the city will rename Sunset Boulevard East to Frank Brock Way.

“Last year, (Brock) decided to retire, and so what we did — because usually Frank does not get his way — we decided to give him his own way: Frank Brock Way,” Garrett said.

Late last year, city officials announced that Brock, 78, would be stepping down from his role on the City Council and stepping into retirement at the end of 2018.

Brock was elected mayor of Lathrup Village in 1995 and served 23 years in that capacity. He began serving on the Lathrup Village City Council in 1989.

The Lathrup Village City Council discussed and voted on the name change at its Jan. 22, 2018, meeting.

“The council has asked — and I agree; I think it’s a fantastic idea — for a way to honor Frank’s service to the city, serving as the mayor for over 23 years,” City Attorney Scott Baker said at the meeting.

Baker said that the road runs off the east side of Southfield Road, just north of City Hall.

“The council has asked that roadway be renamed to Frank Brock Way in honor of his years of service and in recognition of his years of service to the city as a dedicated public servant,” Baker said. “This resolution accomplishes that goal.”

The change was approved 4-0, with Brock abstaining.

“I consider it to be a real honor,” Brock said recently. “My colleagues on the council proposed that as what they thought would be an appropriate way to recognize the 30 years of service I gave to the city. I was flattered they felt that way.”

Through the years, Brock was an active member of the Michigan Association of Mayors as well as the Michigan Municipal League. He served on the league’s Legislative and Urban Affairs Committee, its Land Use and Economic Development Committee, its Legislative Governance Committee and the MML Workers’ Compensation Board.

Brock and his wife, Virginia, have eight children and 14 grandkids, and have fostered 101 children over the years.

In addition to his dedication to the city, Brock dedicated 38 years to Providence Hospital, where he served in many roles, such as the vice president of governmental relations and as a founding member of the Providence Hospital Credit Union Board. He also served as the executive director of the Southfield Downtown Development Authority and as the president of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce.

“Now it’s either the Brock Way or no way at all,” Brock joked. “Not everybody can say that.”

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