Business & Development

Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms officials and their planning firm are taking a new look at the Hill business district along Kercheval Avenue.

With a new gas main line slated to be coming down Kercheval and the need to replace an older water main in that area as well, City Manager Shane Reeside said the city hopes to undertake streetscape improvements in the district, since it’s going to be undergoing disruptions and they’ll need to replace pavement and other elements anyway as a result of utility work.

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Published September 25, 2017

City officials said they’re quite confident in a recent proposal submitted to Amazon to build its newest headquarters in the “Center of it All.”

Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America.

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Published September 21, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE/PLEASANT RIDGE — Earlier this year, the cities of Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale began working on a joint venture for a $25 million to $35 million redevelopment project across city lines.

The space in question is 13 acres of land at 3155-3351 Bermuda St., 3164-3350 Bermuda St. and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Ferndale, and 400-404 E. 10 Mile Road and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Pleasant Ridge.

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials from Southfield and Lathrup Village were recognized recently by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for making their cities better places to live, work and play. 

At a Sept. 6 meeting, the board recognized both cities for their certifications as Redevelopment Ready Communities. Lathrup Village was certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community in 2015, and Southfield was certified last year.

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council plans to let the Big Beaver shuttle service ride — for now. 

The council, at the request of Councilman Ethan Baker, held a study session on the trolley and the feasibility of keeping it rolling Sept. 11. 

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved Zen Apartments, another part of the mixed-use development at 888 W. Big Beaver Road, at its Sept. 12 meeting. 

The Planning Commission unanimously approved conceptual plans for a development and an eight-story parking deck on 12.8 acres at the City Center Building, 888 W. Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road,  Feb. 28. 

The old parking deck was demolished last week. Work on the new deck will start later this fall and should be finished in May.  

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Money from the sale of homes in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Home Revolving Fund will be used to make improvements in city parks.

St. Clair Shores established the HUD Home Revolving Fund in 2008 so that it could purchase homes from HUD for $1, renovate and then resell them. The city no longer participates in the so-called Dollar HUD program, however, but still has some cash and property assets remaining from the program.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Enterprise Park is getting down to business with building construction while other parts of Sterling Heights are experiencing commercial and industrial development, according to the city manager.

During a Sept. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said the city is seeing lots of economic development, and he reviewed some of the major projects currently underway.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When Tom Carnaghi joined the Lochmoor Club 14 years ago, he knew it was the place to be based on how quickly he felt welcome.

“You walk in and you know everybody,” he said. “People here care about each other. They like to have fun.”

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — Residents in and around Detroit’s east side are invited to Music on the Green, an event designed to gather community input on the Barham Farmway and Greenway project while attendees enjoy food, fun and music.

The program is being organized by nonprofit U-SNAP-BAC, which stands for United Streets Networking and Planning; Building a Community. Founded in 1987, the group’s goal is to revitalize the east side of Detroit; in this case, the MorningSide neighborhood.

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Published September 14, 2017

At 12:05 a.m. Sept. 14 — 9:05 p.m. on the West Coast Sept. 13 — Amazon announced that it will build a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center at 23 Mile and Mound roads.

Inventory at the fulfillment center, slated to open in 2018, will include household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

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Published September 13, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — The Beech Woods Recreation Center that Southfielders know and love is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. 

In January, the Southfield City Council authorized a budget of $2.5 million for renovations at the recreation center, 22200 Beech Road. In March, the council approved the renovation plan.

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Published September 13, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The Tri-County Commerce Center in Hazel Park opened this year with the announcement of two major tenants: online retailer Amazon.com and automotive supplier Bridgewater Interiors LLC. Now a third tenant has been confirmed in the form of LG Electronics, which will occupy a 250,000-square-foot facility producing electric components for vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV — a move that will create nearly 300 new Michigan jobs.

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Published September 13, 2017

FERNDALE — Como’s Restaurant is on the verge of losing its food service license after the Oakland County Health Division ordered a revocation for health code violations.

The agency informed Como’s in a letter dated Aug. 22 that the agency intended to revoke the restaurant’s license for “failing to comply with the provisions of the Michigan Food Law,” according to Oakland County documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — Residents of the Rochester area should soon see a reduction in power outages, according to DTE Energy officials.

Oakland County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer, R-Rochester Hills, recently announced that within the next year, DTE Energy plans to invest over $1.4 million in the Rochester area’s electricity distribution network.

“The Rochester area has experienced a disproportionate number of outages during the past few years, and I was getting more phone calls and more emails about them, with increasing frequency,” he said.

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Published September 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A well-known corner of the city will get a makeover and an up-to-date grocery shopping destination in the next few years.

According to representatives from Kroger Real Estate, the grocery store will be taking over the property at the corner of Nine Mile Road and Harper Avenue, which is currently a Kmart, demolishing the building and bringing in a 103,000 square-foot Kroger store with Clicklist, a drive-thru pharmacy and outdoor café area.

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Published September 5, 2017

FERNDALE — A project on Livernois previously designed to build general residential units may become an assisted-living development.

The City Council held a discussion during its Aug. 28 meeting on a revised purchase agreement for 205 and 235 Livernois St., which the city sold in February to Nextus Capital for $106,000.

The project, then called 8 North, was designed to be a three-story building with 30 residential units and five commercial business units.

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council continued its redevelopment efforts for the Maxfield Training Center, 33000 Thomas St., by voting to purchase two homes in the area, officials said.

A press release states that the MTC redevelopment plans are still in the works and the purchase of the properties is to allow the city “maximum flexibility” for that area, which could include creating a corridor into the MTC site. 

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Published September 5, 2017

The Sterling Heights City Council bumped up its support for revamping the Mound Road corridor with a critical vote to pledge matching funds toward a large federal grant.

At an Aug. 15 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in its consent agenda to offer matching funds toward the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant — also known as INFRA — should the Mound Road project receive that grant approval.

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