Business & Development

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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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Along with residents, business owners in the city were honored for their work beautifying their landscapes.

St. John Medical Center on 12 Mile Road, Buffalo Wild Wings on Harper Avenue, and the Windwood Pointe Condominium Association received commendations this year for their work beautifying the city.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mike LeFevre, the owner of Mike’s on the Water on the Nautical Mile, was granted approval in September to build a pair of second-story decks on his popular waterfront eatery.

“I’m excited to be here. This is another step to make this not only a St. Clair Shores Nautical Mile attraction, but I really believe I can get it to be a Midwest attraction,” said LeFevre to City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

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Published October 5, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A national sports restaurant chain has been approved to continue plans for a location at Hall Road and Romeo Plank.

Bubba’s 33 gained site plan approval from the Macomb Township Planning Commission Sept. 20.

It will be located on the same site of the closed Brann’s Steakhouse, but restaurant officials said they plan to tear down the former structure and rebuild from scratch.

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Published October 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It was months in the making, but OHM Advisors — the firm selected to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan for Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway —  recently presented the final master plan for the site.

At the Sept. 26 Southfield City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved the plan.

A week prior, at a Sept. 19 Committee of the Whole meeting, representatives from OHM presented the final master plan to council.
Aaron Domini, senior planner and partner at OHM, gave the presentation.

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Published October 3, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The former location of Sam’s Market finally has a buyer after several years of being vacant.

The location, 10099 W. 11 Mile Road, has been vacant since as far back as 2010, but the city purchased it about two and a half years ago, according to City Manager Amy Sullivan.

The sale, approved by the City Commission at its Sept. 29 meeting, will close on Oct. 5 for $250,000. The city paid $270,000 when it purchased Sam’s; the buyer will need to pay for a new roof on the building.

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Published October 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Planning Commission has been working for about two months to gather information to create a new amendment to the city’s master plan.

The commission held an open house in August to hear residents’ opinions about how they saw the future of Berkley’s landscape. The hope was that the information gathered would lend itself to creating a master plan amendment that would supercede the last amendment passed in August 2015.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — South off 13 Mile Road on Barrington Avenue, about 1 1/2 blocks down on the east side, there’s a quarter-acre plot of land called Gravel Park. It’s little known and seldom used, featuring a limited tree canopy decimated by the emerald ash borer, and no playscape since the prior one was removed and never replaced.

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Published September 27, 2016

FARMINGTON — The deal is finally done.

After years of anticipation, the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of the Maxfield Training Center for $1.2 million to AC Acquisitions to develop about 163 apartments and seven townhomes.

The vote came during a school board meeting Sept. 20.

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Published September 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — The public will get a chance to relive scenes from their favorite classic movies during the Rochester Posed event.

The fourth annual event invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays modeled after classic movies 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6.

“We have everything from Harry Potter to Forrest Gump to Marilyn Monroe, so it will be a good mix,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, events coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

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Published September 26, 2016

Proposed requirements for manicured landscaping could make Sterling Heights businesses more attractive, according to some Sterling Heights City Council members.

On Sept. 20, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce a proposal to make landscaping standards on nonresidential properties more stringent in exchange for loosening requirements to install potentially superfluous parking spaces. However, the proposed regulations are not officially approved yet, and they will reappear before the council for consideration at a future council meeting.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — His family is synonymous with professional sports in Detroit, and now Grosse Pointer Atanas Ilitch could be helping the next generation of young athletes reach that echelon themselves.

Ilitch plans to transform the former home of Thomas Hardware Co., at 18680 Mack Ave., into an indoor youth sports lab. His parents, Mike and Marian Ilitch, own the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Kayes were bit by the craft brewing bug when they lived in San Diego several years ago.

Around 2009, Kat Kaye said, the craft beer brewing industry was really hitting its stride out in California.

“You’d go around and there’s all these small breweries opening up in warehouses ... throw open the doors and just a little table and everyone was standing,” she said. “It was very rugged and the beer was amazing. It was an amazing culture.”

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the original location of the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse, before it was moved to 11 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, there was a barn with the home.

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing its program of renovating houses seized for back taxes, City Council approved a contractor to make renovations at a house it acquired in 2015.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods and the city of Detroit have planned a series of community meetings for Harper Woods residents and the residents of the Detroit neighborhoods that border Harper Woods.

These meetings are being hosted to create a neighborhood improvement plan designed by the residents of both cities.

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