Business & Development

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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Published September 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved an agreement with the Central Park Development Group Aug. 29 for the construction of a nearly $40 million, six-story, 142,523-square-foot office building with a first-floor restaurant and retail.

The unanimous vote came early Tuesday morning, as the Monday night meeting went past midnight after more than 40 people spoke in favor or against the development during public comment.

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Published August 30, 2017

BERKLEY — A planned unit development for a mixed residential project at the site of a former school hit a stalemate when the city’s Planning Commission tied on a vote for recommendation.

The commission voted 4-4 on a PUD for the project, titled “The Berkley,” involving the site of the former Our Lady of La Salette School, 2219 Coolidge Highway.

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Published August 30, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A single-family home development is being planned for northern Macomb Township, just south of 26 Mile Road and east of Romeo Plank Road.

Villa Palmetto is in the works to bring another two dozen or more homes to the township and will sit north of an already-developed subdivision and across Romeo Plank from the Kroger shopping complex.

Siena Development LLC, based in Shelby Township, is listed as the developers for the project, and they have also developed the Villagio subdivision across Romeo Plank.

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Published August 29, 2017

FERNDALE — With the approval earlier this month for plans to redevelop the site of the former Taft Digital Learning Center, both Taft and Wilson Elementary School will be demolished beginning in September.

The developer of the projects at Taft and Wilson, Robertson Brothers Homes, will ramp up its projects by demolishing both buildings before the winter, starting with Wilson after Labor Day weekend.

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Published August 29, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City’s long quest for a hotel in the Village is going to take at least a little longer.

The Grosse Pointe City Council unanimously agreed Aug. 21 to extend its six-month agreement with its chosen preferred hotel developer to Dec. 31. The agreement, which was executed by City staff in March, otherwise would have expired Sept. 20.

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Published August 28, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills has added some traditionally indoor games to its outdoor parks.

New pingpong and chess tables are being installed in Beverly Park and Riverside Park for public use. Village officials said Beverly Hills is the only community in the area to have these kinds of games available outdoors, and they believe they will add a fun new dimension to the parks.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to deny six bids to construct a new 41-A District Court building on the municipal grounds on the township engineer’s recommendation that the bids came in too high.

The six bids ranged in price from $5,898,000 to $6,862,000. The township plans to send out a new request for proposals in October in the hope of receiving lower bids.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A viable solution is on the horizon for what has been a problem area in Shelby Township for years.

The Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Shelby Township and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners all recently approved a brownfield plan for the southeast corner of Mound and 23 Mile roads, the site of the former Visteon plant.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved an amended site plan for the Regency St. Clair Shores, put forward by Ciena Healthcare for the skilled nursing facility being built on the site of the former Chapoton Apartments.

Representatives from Ciena were in front of City Council in July, but the motion was tabled until August so that council members could get a better look at the 20 proposed changes to the plan.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to purchase three properties foreclosed upon by the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office for unpaid taxes, a decrease from the number of properties offered through the program than in previous years.

In 2015, the city purchased five homes and seven vacant lots through the program from the county for $117,510.44. The 2016 group included one home and one condominium for a total of $13,179.57, and this year the total amount of $20,931.01 is for two homes and one vacant parcel of land.

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Published August 23, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been about a year since a visioning plan for the former Northland Center property was unveiled, and city officials say the plans to redevelop the site are moving along smoothly.

In March, the Southfield City Council approved a plan to designate the former mall grounds as a brownfield site, meaning that the redevelopment of the grounds is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Published August 23, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council officially greenlighted plans for more than 70 townhomes to be built on the land formerly occupied by the Taft Digital Learning Center.

The council unanimously approved both a planned unit development and a brownfield plan for Parkdale Towns, which will be developed by Robertson Brothers Homes, at its Aug. 14 meeting.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — After plans for a mixed-use center stalled during the economic downturn, and three separate presentations were made before the Planning Commission in recent months, the Troy City Council approved plans for a planned unit development on 4.7 acres at Big Beaver and John R roads. 

The council unanimously approved plans Aug. 7 submitted by Brian Najor, of Najor Cos., for two retail buildings, four apartment buildings totaling 96 units, and a 780-square-foot community center on the north side of Big Beaver Road, east of John R Road. 

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Fifty years ago, thanks to a fundraising drive and a land donation from Howard McGregor, Crittenton Hospital opened.

“The citizens in the area actually went door to door to raise money for the hospital,” Gwen MacKenzie, Ascension vice senior president, said at a 50th anniversary celebration Aug. 15 at the hospital, located on University Drive.

McGregor, a prominent businessman and farmer, was a noted Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder and served as the president of National Twist Drill, located in Rochester.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously approved an amended development agreement Aug. 14 that still promises to bring a Hyatt hotel to North Main Street.

The more than $50 million mixed-use project, stretching 3.5 acres from 400 to 460 North Main Street — the former Fresard Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealership — would include the hotel, a mixed-use building with residential housing, and an off-street parking deck.

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Published August 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The city of Harper Woods is informing the public about its new Neighborhood Economic Development Center, which is aimed at promoting business and prosperity in the community.

The building, located on Kelly Road, was purchased in 2016. The city wants it to provide numerous services and resources for Harper Woods businesses and residents.

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Published August 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Planning Commission members gave their unanimous approval last week for a proposed downtown apartment building, pending tweaks to developers’ plans before heading to the Royal Oak City Commission.

Plans for The Washington — which would be located at the southwest corner of South Washington and West Harrison avenues — were presented to the Planning Commission Aug. 8.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus, on Nine Mile Road, will be getting a $15 million facelift, which hospital officials are calling a reinvestment in the campus.

The renovations will include new flooring, new wall coverings, new paint and lighting upgrades, and upgrades to nursing stations and patient furnishings throughout inpatient units and patient rooms at the hospital.

First priority in the renovations are critical care units, medical and surgical units, and the birthing center, officials said.

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Published August 16, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A long-planned condominium development off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will have less units than originally discussed, by changing from multi-unit buildings to single-unit condos.

DDMR Properties, LLC, based in Shelby Township, had originally brought forward plans to build 17 buildings with a total of 62 condos just south of Kroger at the corner of Romeo Plank and 26 Mile in 2006.

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