Detroit Future Trends


To enhance the economic viability of the City of Detroit by empowering its Citizens and embracing its evolving and eclectic community. 



01. community support

 Participate in initiatives that improve the immediate community, including City of Detroit Council Member Mary Sheffield's "Occupy The Block."

02. scholarships

Raise funds to provide financial support in the form of College or Trade school scholarships. 


Create new business & housing development opportunities within various communities, beginning with the Trendsetter Pointe Project. 


Identify and provide tools to allow individuals the opportunity to improve their circumstances.

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In order to progress as a people, we have to understand and embrace our past to make our future a better place to be.
— Chico Sorrell, founder


Detroit Future Trends is the vision of educator and community leader Chico F. Sorrell, a lifetime Detroiter.  Sorrell and his family are dedicated to the City of Detroit and its burgeoning growth, and have enlisted neighbors & fellow Detroiters, both current and former, to launch Detroit Future Trends.  He has also tapped various business experts throughout the country to assist with laying the groundwork for Detroit's revitalization. Sorrell grew up in the Downtown Detroit area, and that's where his first focus will be: reviving the McDougall-Hunt, Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods with the Trendsetter Pointe project.

A Graduate of Detroit Public School, Sorrell received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University in Washington DC and Master's in Administration Education from the University of Detroit Mercy.  A member of Detroit Board of Education since 1991, Sorrell teaches U.S. History and Economics. Additionally, he has been instrumental in developing mentoring programs for at-risk inner city children.  Sorrell is the proud father of three sons, Nico, Nicai and Nas Sorrell. 

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Reinventing Community

The Trendsetter Pointe Project is poised to be a 5-acre Live-Work-Play-Shop development, catering to a cross-section of patrons, employees and residents, while empowering an underserved community creating jobs, expanded tax base, and extraordinary positive visibility. Detroit Future Trends is expecting over 400 jobs to be created throughout construction and the operations of all of the project components. 

The design of Trendsetter Pointe will be highlighted and highly regarded for its pedestrian friendly appeal.  Research has shown that people in the area of the proposed development (consistent with the national trend) seek more opportunities to park, walk, see and spend in a quality, "open-air," pedestrian-safe environment.  By creating a development that has a "Main Street" design and offers entertainment, shopping, restaurants, mid to upscale residences, Class A office space, quaint waters features with sitting areas.

Detroit Future Trends seeks not only to exceed the expectation of this community, with the development of Trendsetter Pointe, but to create several revenue producing components, ensuring considerable returns on investment.





Support from key stakeholders, within and outside of the City of Detroit, is vital to succeeding in the rebirth and revitalization of our community. Our partners and grantors include: