Center Line Property Management

Surrounded entirely by Michigan's third largest city (Warren), the small city of Center Line is found in Macomb County. Originally settled in 1837, Center Line was incorporated as a village in 1925 and then as a city in 1936. Known as Kunrod's Corner around the mid-nineteenth century, it is believed that the name Center Line was given due to its location in the middle of three trails from Detroit to trading posts up north. The "center line" was the trail that lead to Utica from Detroit.

Though it may seem like just a small city, tucked away from any major attractions or highways, Center Line is far from being tucked away. Van Dyke Avenue runs through the city, until it turns to M-53 outside of the limits. Also, just north of Center Line is I-696 (Walter P Reuther Freeway). However, despite the fact that it is surrounded by one of Michigan's largest cities as well as two major freeways, the population and cost of living remain low. It is estimated that the current population in Center Line is approximately 8,320 residents. The total area of the city is 1.74 square miles - which makes the population density about 4,781.6 inhabitants per square mile.

The estimated median household income in Center Line is around $30,400 per year, much lower than the statewide median. The estimated income per capita is about $19,740 per year. Center Line has an average unemployment rate, however, those living below the poverty line equal approximately 21.3% of the city's residents. The median value of homes for sale in the city is about $62,500, which is nearly half of the statewide average. Finally, the gross median rent in Center Line is only approximately $495.

Center Line may be small in size, but it isn't lacking in historical features nor entertainment options. There are two recognized Michigan historical markers found in Center Line. St. Clement Catholic Church played a big role in the community, and St. Clement Catholic Cemetery was established as a resting place for members of the church. With the earliest burial dating back to 1854, some of the earliest settlers and well-known family members were laid here, including the owner of the first general store as well as the first post master. South Eastern Michigan Indian, Inc. (SEMI) is also found in Center Line. SEMI is a non-profit organization developed to help meet the cultural, economic, and social needs of the Native American Indian Community. For those who may be looking for a little different kind of entertainment, there are several types of shops along Van Dyke Avenue, plus the Center Line Shopping Mall.

The happiness and well-being of the community is important to the people of Center Line, and that is expressed through the city's parks and recreation areas. Rotary Park is a small area that offers a baseball field, basketball courts, and a play area. Lions Park is also a smaller area that offers a baseball field, play area, and a covered rest area. Memorial Park is the largest of the city's parks and includes: Baseball fields, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, a walking/biking trail, picnic tables, play area, horseshoe pits, public restrooms, pavilions for rent, and barbecue pits. For those who may prefer to be indoors, or during the colder winter months - the recreation building is available for rent and includes plenty of tables and chairs as well as a full kitchen ready for use. The game room at the rec center is open to the public five days a week and includes pool tables, air hockey, shuffle board, bumper pool, ping pong, cards, and board games.

The city has its own school district, the Center Line School District. However, a small portion of the city lies in the Van Dyke School District, so students who live in that area are zoned to Van Dyke Public schools. Some of the schools in the Center Line School District include Crothers Elementary, Peck Elementary, Roose Elementary, Wolfe Middle School, and Center Line High School. Though it is more common for Center Line residents to attend the high school, some of the schools in the Van Dyke School District include McKinley Elementary, Carlson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Lincoln High School. Also found in Center Line is the Warren Consolidated Schools, Macomb Community College, and the Michigan Math and Science Academy.

Center Line places great emphasis on the importance of community togetherness. In addition to the parks and recreational areas throughout the area, the city also participates in several different community events. A community karaoke night, neighborhood watches, and a student-run cafe open to the public all show the importance of residents' togetherness. Center Line also hosts events to help support veterans, cell phones for soldiers, a bike path ride for recovery, blood drives, and an Autism hero walk. The city also holds a day camp during the summer and occasional trips to nearby attractions such as the Detroit Zoo and amusement parks.

Located on Weingartz Street, the Center Line Public Library is open six days a week and provides a number of programs for residents of all ages. The library offers book clubs, summer reading programs, computer skills classes, "romp and rhyme story-time" for younger children, a kids Lego club, an adult Scrabble club, and much more. The residents of Center Line are also in close proximity to a number of facilities, should they happen to need medical care. Serving the area near Center Line is the MyCare Health Center, Center Line Medical Clinic, Conant Medical Center, ACE Medical Centers, and the Hoover Urgent Care of Warren. Also found in the city - mainly along Van Dyke Avenue - is a wide variety of restaurants. Options include the good old burger and fries, pizza, subs, Thai food, Italian food, seafood, and Chinese food. With its affordability, historical significance, entertainment options, and close-knit community, Center Line is a lovely little hometown.