Officials honor longtime Park Planning Commission member

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 15, 2019

 From left, Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Robert Denner presents longtime Planning Commission member Jeffrey Graham with a resolution in his honor during a Sept. 23 City Council meeting.

From left, Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Robert Denner presents longtime Planning Commission member Jeffrey Graham with a resolution in his honor during a Sept. 23 City Council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

GROSSE POINTE PARK — For more than three decades, he donated his time and expertise to his community, and for this, former Grosse Pointe Park Planning Commission member Jeffrey Graham was honored with a resolution during a Sept. 23 Park City Council meeting.

Graham, who earned a degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University, is a licensed architect with his own firm, Harper Woods-based Designtec Inc. He’s also a LEED accredited professional in environmental architecture; LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is an internationally recognized green construction rating system.

Mayor Robert Denner, who presented Graham with the resolution, said that Graham has been a Park resident since 1985. He just completed his 30th year on the Planning Commission, having served from 1989 to 2019, Denner said.

“Jeffrey Graham has a long record of service to this community and to this city,” Denner said.

That record began almost from the moment Graham moved in. He was a member of the Park’s Board of Review from 1985 through 1989 and served on the Tax Increment Finance Authority Board from 1987 to 1989.

“There’s a lot of hours (worth of) meetings in this plaque,” Denner joked.

Graham and his wife, Susan, raised their three daughters in the Park as well, Denner said.

The mayor said Graham has played an important role in developments in the Park over the last three decades.

“It is an exemplary level of service,” Denner said. “He’s been a great asset to our community.”

After 30 years, Graham decided not to apply for another term on the Planning Commission, but that doesn’t mean he won’t still be active in the city in other ways.

“Thank you so much,” Graham said to the mayor and council after receiving the resolution. “You’ll see me around. I’m no