DETROIT (AP) — Construction has started on a project to transform a northwest Detroit neighborhood.

A groundbreaking was held Tuesday at the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park. The city says it's the first phase of the Fitzgerald Neighborhood Revitalization Project which will include rehabilitation of 115 homes, a greenway and landscaping of nearly 200 vacant lots.

Officials also announced the opening of a center where groups involved in the project can work with neighbors on the revitalization efforts.

Park construction is funded separately through public and philanthropic investment. Home renovations and landscaping are expected to start later this year.

More than 60 houses in the neighborhood already have been demolished as part of Detroit's blight removal program.