Business & Development

Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners voted unanimously last week to move forward with engineering and development plans for a potential $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development in place of the current City Hall.

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a site recommendation for a potential mixed-use parking structure in the downtown.

Council approved the Downtown Parking Committee’s recommendation of Lot No. 6, which is located at the southeast corner of West Troy Street and Allen Road.

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council gave a final OK to a property tax exemption to help an incoming business rehabilitate its new location.

The business, All European Auto, first received council approval at the council’s July 11 meeting to establish the site, located at 1450 Jarvis St., as an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act, or OPRA, district.

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Published November 1, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Planning Commission originally was expected to review a draft of a new master plan amendment at its Oct. 25 meeting, but it decided to go in a different, unannounced direction.

The agenda said there would be a discussion about a draft for a new master plan amendment and that the commission would “consider forwarding the draft recommendation for master plan amendment to the City Council for review and comment.”

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Published October 31, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For its ongoing efforts in educating its resident physicians on domestic violence and sexual assault, McLaren Macomb’s Department of Graduate Medical Education was recently honored with the 2016 Tracy Minnella Award.

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Published October 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council endorsed the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum’s renovation project during the council meeting Oct. 18.

Although the request for the endorsement was approved, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. stated that he would vote no during the roll call. He wanted more information on the project.

“I think this should’ve been tabled, so I’m voting no,” said DeMonaco Jr.

The council voted 4-1 to endorse the project.

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Published October 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health received the first go-ahead needed to move forward with a $38 million development project on the site of the shuttered Northwood Shopping Plaza.

With a split vote of 4-3 Oct. 10, city commissioners approved up to $3.7 million in Brownfield development credits requested by Beaumont Health to remediate and develop its 15-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published October 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents and local organizations will be banding together to better Bonnie Acres this week. 

Southfield’s Neighborhood Services Committee is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Oakland County for the Rock the Block program Oct. 20-21 in the neighborhood, which is in the area of Greenfield and 12 Mile. 

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Published October 17, 2016

WARREN — On a 4.6-acre site near Warren City Hall, where a dilapidated motel once stood on Van Dyke in the shadow of the General Motors Technical Center, rows of shimmering new cars are lined up for sale.

Dealer Greg Jackson’s new Prestige Tech Center Cadillac, the first retail location in the country to sport the iconic brand’s transformed image tied to its Project Pinnacle program, is open for business.

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Published October 14, 2016

Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights will eventually be transformed into a redesigned golf course with an accompanying housing community for senior residents, according to plans from Moceri Cos.

Moceri Cos., which specializes in building and development and is based in Auburn Hills, has announced plans to build a housing development near Maple Lane Drive called Verandas, which will also contain a senior living development called Blossom Lane. Verandas is expected to be a $300 million project, according to a company press release.

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Published October 12, 2016

BERKLEY — A local restaurant’s plans to rezone an area to create more parking space was denied unanimously by the Berkley City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting.

The matter before the council was to conditionally rezone Lots 306, 307, 308 and the east 20 feet of Lot 305 in the city from a single-family residential district to a parking district.

Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., brought the rezoning request to council in order to obtain more parking space by tearing down homes that the restaurant bought on Oxford Street.

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although offices are still being built inside, some doctors have already started to move into a new medical office building on the campus of Beaumont Hospital-Grosse Pointe at 468 Cadieux Road.

A Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce event at the building Oct. 4 also served as an early ribbon-cutting ceremony, as the first doctors start to open practices there. Cardiologists were slated to move into the building this week, and pulmonary doctors were slated to follow.

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Published October 12, 2016

DETROIT — Detroit’s comeback has been aided, in no small part, by the entrepreneurs who have worked to establish new businesses in the city.

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Published October 12, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Forget what you used to know about ReStore Farmington.

After a recent grand reopening at the store, 28575 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills, Julie Nemeth, marketing and public relations consultant of ReStore Farmington, said there have been major improvements and renovations. 

“People have a preconceived notion about what it was before. We want to get rid of that,” she said during an interview at the store Oct. 7. 

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Published October 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A segment of Clinton Township is continuing to see improvement, or at least that’s the hope.

On Sept. 19, a more thorough neighborhood revitalization plan, or NRP, was presented to the Board of Trustees regarding the area near Gratiot Avenue and 15 Mile Road.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s still a long way from being approved, finalized and constructed, but the owner of Tivoli’s Pizzeria in Shelby Township and Richmond is eyeing a third location in Macomb Township.

Lorenzo Evola, of Tivoli’s, came before the Macomb Township Planning Commission Oct. 4 to petition to rezone a piece of property he owns at Hall Road and North Avenue from residential to general commercial usage.

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 4, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire a real estate agent to sell four double lots on the undeveloped township-owned property known as Bellarine Manor Subdivision, next to Cherry Creek Golf Course.

An engineering study conducted last year revealed that there were wetlands on many of the 15 vacant lots, which would decrease the value of the sale of the total property as a package. The township decided to combine eight lots into four lots and sell them individually.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local restaurant owner wanting to expand his business to include alcohol sales had his request turned down by City Council, whose members said they are being more selective now that the city only has two liquor licenses left to give.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Plans are proceeding for the renovation of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a contractor hired by City Council set to begin mobilizing on the site as soon as this month.

The city awarded the bid to Cross Construction, the lowest bidder on the project, with two alternates and a slight modification to the plan.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — David McCaulley does it for the love of nature.

“We have a couple ducks that fly in every year,” said the resident of Glenbrook, who was one of the residents and businesses honored by the St. Clair Shores Beautification Committee with a 2016 Beautification Award.

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