Roseville is a community of over 48,000 residents. While the city is almost fully developed, a proactive approach to attracting and retaining businesses over the years has led to reinvestment and expansion of existing properties. The affordable housing stock has created opportunities for families just starting out, as well as those wishing to remain in Roseville.
Recreation Authority Roseville-Eastpointe is well known for their vast variety of programs and activities. The programs and activities are created with all age groups in mind, in addition to promoting family togetherness. The Recreation Authority building also houses the Senior Center, giving our senior residents a safe place to be active and build new friendships. The Roseville Public Library offers an excellent fiction and comprehensive non-fiction collection for all age groups. The Library has a monthly circulation of more than 21,000 items and 30 computers available to patrons. The Police and Fire Departments are professionally equipped and trained to preserve life and property of the Roseville community. Roseville is home to companies in the automotive, military, printing, paper recycling, food service industries, and many more. Approximately 681 acres of Roseville are devoted to industrial property. Easy access to I-94 and I-696, the Groesbeck corridor and CN Railway make Roseville desirable to many industries. U.S. Census.
Roseville – A Brief History
When Michigan became a state in 1837, a farming community, which is now Roseville, was made part of Orange Township. Because of strong Irish sentiment, the township’s name was changed to Erin in 1843.
In 1836, William Rose was appointed the areas first postmaster. He established a permanent office in 1840, called the Roseville Post Office, after his father Denison Rose, a hero of the War of 1812.
In 1846, a wooden plank tollroad (now known as Gratiot Avenue or M-3) was constructed, connecting the community with Detroit and Mount Clemens. One of the tollgates was located at Gratiot Avenue and Utica Road. The tollgate sign giving “Rates of Toll” now hangs in the Library.
In 1886, the Erin Township Hall was built at the corner of Gratiot Avenue and 11 Mile Road and was the Town Hall for the present cities of Eastpointe, Roseville, St.Clair Shores and part of Fraser. In 1926, Roseville was incorporated as a village. The old Roseville Municipal Building was constructed in 1929, at Gratiot Avenue and Meier Road. Both the village and township offices were moved into the building. In 1958, the village became the City of Roseville and Arthur Waterman was elected the first mayor. The present municipal building was built in 1974.