DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s Riverfront is back in the spotlight: State and local officials are planning a celebration Monday to kick off the final phase of construction for the east side of the RiverFront.

“There’s just a lot of excitement, a lot of progress, a lot of development,” said Faye Nelson, president of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “We have such an exceptional collaboration of public-private partners that have really supported the conservancy, which … is a non-profit organization in our public space development.”

The centerpiece of development efforts has been the Detroit RiverWalk, a 5-mile-long promenade popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists. For decades, the city’s east riverfront had been identified with dilapidated, vacant factories and old manufacturing sites.