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February 13, 2014

New investments in city total $3 million

By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer

HARPER WOODS — City officials have something to boast about when it comes to investment interest in Harper Woods.

“There has been over $3 million of new investment in Harper Woods,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said of activity in the last year and a half.

The investment in the community includes expansion at Wayne County Community College, as well as business investment along Kelly and Harper, he said.

“There’s a lot of real-estate interest,” Skotarczyk said about what it means for the city. “We are starting to make a rebound here. We have a lot to offer.”

City officials don’t want the interest to let up, so they’re taking proactive steps to keep interest high.

“We’re continuing to look for other investors that want to invest in commercial property out here,” Skotarczyk said. “We think Harper Woods has a great advantage in our location, and we want to maximize that.”

Skotarczyk said that with current property values, Harper Woods is a great buy.

Another component in contributing to the interest in Harper Woods might just be the work that the Building Department has been doing on code enforcement, inspections and other activity.

The work that the Building Department has been doing hasn’t gone unnoticed. The department has seen its revenue increase during the last three years, which is testament to the number of inspection fees, permits and more.

They’ve been working on the rental property inspections to make sure code issues are tackled. Skotarczyk said one of the ways to continue to bring interest and development to the city is to make sure the city is attractive, and a couple of real-estate investors had complimented the city on keeping properties up to code.

“I was very impressed by the Building Department and how they, through diligence, have increased their revenue,” Mayor Ken Poynter said. “They’ve really done an excellent job.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer April Lehmbeck at alehmbeck@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1043.